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ASUS Z8NA-D6C (Intel 5500) Motherboard - Power Usage and Heat Tests

With so many single socket motherboards floating around, we thought we would try a little dual CPU fun this time around.

By: | Motherboards in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Aug 3, 2010 2:48 pm
TweakTown Rating: 84%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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Well look at that; one extra CPU and the power draw is quite acceptable. Of course this is due to the low power Xeons we are using.

 

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 another story. The 5500 series chipset gets a tad warm.

 

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