AMD A85X Mobo Roundup: ASRock, Gigabyte, Asus

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Total System Power Consumption

We monitored the power usage of each system while benchmarking and testing, using a Watts Up Pro power meter. Since all components and test regimes are identical except for the motherboard, this helps isolate motherboard power draw at idle and under a heavy load. Please note that this is total power consumption for the whole system (monitor excluded), not just the motherboard. For reference, the A10-5800K APU is a 100W TDP part. 

Total System Power Consumption
Tested At The Outlet

On each motherboard, idle and peak power consumption are within spitting distance of the numbers generated in our Virgo Desktop Experience tests, which had the A10-5800K on an Asus F2A85-M Pro with 8GB of RAM. That test setup had peak power draw of 139W and idled at 48W--closest to the Asus F2A85-V Pro in our roundup. The Gigabyte board drew the least amount of power by a slim margin compared to the Asus, while the micro-ATX ASRock board was consistently more power hungry than either, surprisingly.

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