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ASUS M4A89GTD Pro/USB3 (AMD 890GX) Motherboard - Power Usage and Heat Tests

AMD release their new 890GX chipset complete with a full six SATA 3.0 ports and PCIe 2.0 lanes. We take a look to see what it brings to your AMD CPUs.

By: | Socket AM3/AM3+ in Motherboards | Posted: Mar 2, 2010 5:09 am
TweakTown Rating: 85%Manufacturer: ASUS

Power Consumption

 

We are now able to find out what kind of power is being used by our test system and the associated graphics cards installed. Keep in mind; it tests the complete system (minus LCD monitor, which is plugged directly into an AC wall socket).

 

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Surprisingly the AMD 890GX uses more power than the H57 does. But, to its credit it is doing this with a much more power hungry CPU. This means that overall the board is actually better for power consumption than the H57 board we tested it against.

 

Heat Generation

 

As a new measure, we are now monitoring the heat generation from the key components on the motherboard; this being the Northbridge, Southbridge (if it contains one) as well as the Mosfets around the CPU. The results are recorded at idle and load during the power consumption tests.

 

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There is no way else to say it, unfortunately the 890GX still generates more heat than the H57 does even when overclocked.

 

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