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ASUS ROG Series X38 DDR3 Maximus Extreme (Page 15)

Cameron Johnson | Dec 3, 2007 at 11:00 pm CST - 0 mins, 58 secs time to read this page
Rating: 92%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).

There are a few important notes to remember though; while our maximum power is taken in 3DMark06 at the same exact point, we have seen in particular tests the power being drawn as much as 10% more. We test at the exact same stage every time; therefore tests should be very consistent and accurate.

The other thing to remember is that our test system is bare minimum - only a 7,200RPM SATA-II single hard drive is used without CD-ROM or many cooling fans.

So while the system might draw 400 watts in our test system, placing it into your own PC with a number of other items, the draw is going to be higher.

Power usage here is no surprise. The X38 is a very hot running chip, that heat comes at a cost and that's power. Compared to the P35 chipset we see the X38 is quite power hungry indeed.

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