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.
We built up a new test bed for our Haswell-based testing in preparation for this article, using a brand new Gigabyte Z87 Express based motherboard, that seems to draw WAY more power than we're used to seeing for Haswell, so we're not going to dwell on the Intel numbers here.
What's worth noting is that despite offering much better overall performance, the A8-7600's power consumption (when in 45w TDP mode) is only marginally higher than the A8-6500T, but significantly lower than the A10-6800K.