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

By: Sean Kalinich | 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).






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.






Heat generation is another story. The 5500 series chipset gets a tad warm.


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