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ASRock 880G Extreme3 (AMD 880G) Motherboard - Power Usage and Heat Tests

ASRock hits us with their Extreme version of the AMD 880G chipset, complete with Core Unlocking and USB 3.0.

| Socket AM3/AM3+ in Motherboards | Posted: Jul 14, 2010 11:25 am
TweakTown Rating: 85%      Manufacturer: ASRock

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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The power consumption here was quite high. In fact, it was much higher than we would have thought from an AMD chipset.

 

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 was not too bad until we put the HD 5870 into the system. From there it rose significantly.

 

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