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ASRock 890GM Pro3 (AMD 890GX) Motherboard - Power Usage and Heat Tests

With the Phenom II X6 the new big boy behind the AMD fence, we take a look at a 890GX board from ASRock that claims full support.

| Socket AM3/AM3+ in Motherboards | Posted: Jul 21, 2010 3:16 pm
TweakTown Rating: 80%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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Unusually for an AMD based product the ASRock 890GM Pro3 pulls quite a bit of power from the wall. We were more than a little surprised to see this even at stock speeds.

 

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 was also much higher than we expected; not terribly much, but we think that the shortened cooling might have something to do with this.

 

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