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ASRock N3700M "Braswell" Micro-ATX SFF PC Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Jul 22, 2015 2:21 pm
TweakTown Rating: 89%Manufacturer: ASRock

Thermal Imaging and Power Consumption

 

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Power consumption was a bit higher than I expected, especially considering the SoC has a 6W TDp at stock speeds. Taking into consideration the motherboard and its ICs as well as the SSD, full sized DIMMs, and ATX PSU efficiency the numbers start to make more sense.

 

 

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On the left the N3700M is idle, and you can see that the hottest part isn't the SoC heat sink, but rather the driver and receivers chips for the COM ports and the USB 2.0 hub, these ICs aren't really designed for low power/thermal operation and so they act like they would on any motherboard. It isn't anything to worry about.

 

Then full load was applied the SoC heat sink temperature got up to 52C, which isn't very hot. Overall, the N3700M's thermals show that it should do very well without active airflow.

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