Well, we hope today we have answered a few questions for you in terms of each of the current leaders in power saving technologies along with their potential for overclocking and power saving features. With the boards having also been reviewed individually in the past, we now have a clearer picture of their capabilities.
GIGABYTE DES Advanced
DES Advanced is a great improvement on the original DES series, simply because you can now overclock and keep DES Advanced working. Not only this, but you no longer need to have the DES Advanced applet running all the time; just set it to go and it's right. And if you're like me who likes to overclock to the limit, the ability to disable DES Advanced is a great feature as well.
ASUS EPU 6
ASUS managed to get the overall max power savings here thanks to its ability to tweak the voltages on the memory bus, HDD, GPU and CPU; it's an all round system designed to keep power as low as possible. The best option for this is a HTPC or office environment setup. EPU 6 like DES Advanced does give a performance hit to overclocking, but its upgrade on EPU is extremely impressive. Stability issues have been revised and there are no issues found on this new technology.
MSIs first dive into the green PC market is extremely impressive. With time, tweaking and new technologies we will soon see DrMOS take off on just about all MSI boards. The new Driver Mosfets manage to help keep the boards' key components at cooler temperatures than any of the competitor's boards, showing just how well this new technology can work.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [GIGABYTE DES Advanced]
- Page 3 [ASUS EPU 6]
- Page 4 [MSI DrMOS]
- Page 5 [Overclocking]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Test System Setup, Stock Clock Power and Heat]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Max FSB Overclock - Power and Heat]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - Max CPU Overclock - Power and Heat]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]