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ZOTAC NM10-DTX WiFi (NM10-Express) Motherboard w/ Atom D510 CPU - Power Usage and Heat Tests

Intel's Atom is well-known, but how does it really perform when put to the test? We find out on ZOTAC's Atom D510 equipped board.

| Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: May 31, 2010 12:17 pm
TweakTown Rating: 80%      Manufacturer: ZOTAC

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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As you can imagine, the NM10-DTX simply sips power compared to most other boards. We saw idle power draw as low as 35 Watts! Even when we overclocked it we only saw a jump up to 38 Watts.

 

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Wow, talk about low power! Even under load we barely hit over 40Watts of power from the wall.

 

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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Heat generation is also not going to be an issue with the NM10-DTX. As long as you have halfway decent airflow, this board will remain cool even under load.

 

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