Throughout all of our benchmarking and testing, we also monitored how much power our test systems consumed using a power meter. Our goal was to give you all an idea as to how much power each configuration used while idling and while under a heavy workload. Please keep in mind that we were testing total system power consumption at the outlet here, not just the power being drawn by the processors alone.
Color us surprised. Although AMD had touted the increased power efficiency afforded by Richland's new boost modes and more sophisticated power management schemes, we thought the chips' higher frequencies would result in higher power consumption across the board. That was not the case, however; the A10-6700 and A10-6800K both used slightly less power than last year's A10-5800K in our tests, though Intel's processors still sipped power by comparison.