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GIGABYTE X99-SOC Champion (Intel X99) Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 2011 in Motherboards | Posted: Apr 6, 2015 2:11 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Temperature and Power Consumption

 

System power usage is measured at the AC/DC PSU (the Corsair AX1200i), which I have connected to another system to measure the test system, and I have a wall meter as a backup to verify. The CPU power is measured through the eight-pin connection, which is hooked up to a hall effect IC that measures current and puts out a voltage in proportion to the current. A National Instruments ADC logs that voltage; afterward, I convert that into current.

 

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Note on Thermal Images: In the temperature section, we use our Seek thermal imaging camera to capture the surface temperatures of major components on the board. I look at the VRM, and then all other things that light up the screen. If there is something to worry about, then I will state it; otherwise, I will just show the hotter running parts of the board for fun. Unless a component is over 80-90C, then there really isn't anything to worry about.

 

All systems will act differently, so I will look for commonalities, such as how far from the VRM the heat spreads through the PCB, and the difference in temperature between the front side and backside of the PCB. Keep in mind that the majority of the heat from the VRM goes into the PCB as it is a giant soldered-on copper heat sink. A smaller difference in temperature between the back and front of the PCB points towards a more effective heat sink.

 

Thermal Testing at Stock Speeds:

 

The image on the left is always at idle, and the image on the right is at load.

 

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Here is full frontal.

 

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This is up close to the front of the VRM.

 

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This is up close to the back of the VRM.

 

Thermal Testing at 4.5GHz Overclocked Speeds:

 

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Here is full frontal.

 

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This is up close to the front of the VRM.

 

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This is up close to the back of the VRM.

 

It is pretty clear that the VRM handles load very well since the temperature difference between idle and load is very small. The heat sink does a great job because you don't see the back at a higher temperature than the front.

 

Also, even though the heat spreads from idle to load, in the overclocked tests, the temperature of the hotspot didn't change from idle to load when looking at the whole system. You can see that there is a 5C increase in the overclocked tests in the front and a 6C increase at the back of the VRM. This minimal temperature increase is a good sign. Temperatures were always at totally acceptable levels.

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