Power ConsumptionWe 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.
While Core 2 Duo is a much more power friendly CPU compared to its Netburst processors, even the 45nm isn't able to get as good a power rating as the VIA CPU which puts the Core 2 Duo to shame. In fact, we could expect to see VIA run on a 12v car battery a lot longer than the Intel CPU; up to 2 hrs more.
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