We'd like to cover a few final data points before bringing this article to a close. Throughout all of our benchmarking and testing, we 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.
All of AMD's new mainstream processors proved to be quite power friendly. The Athlon II X2 in particular consumed relatively little power while idling and under load. The rest of AMD's line-up performed well here too, coming in with the lowest idle and load power draw versus similarly clocked Intel processors.