Digital Storm VIRTUE: Intel Haswell-Powered Gaming PC

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Power Consumption and Noise

Before bringing this article to a close, we'll take a look at power consumption of the Digital Storm VIRTUE versus the other systems we tested. We let each system boot and sit idle before measuring idle power and then loaded down each system with both an instance of Prime95 (to load down the CPU) and Furmark (to load the GPU) before taking our full load power consumption measurements. Our goal was to give you an idea as to how much power each configuration used while idling on the desktop and while under a heavy workload. Keep in mind that this is total system power consumption being measured at the outlet.

Although the Digital Storm VIRTUE fell to some slightly higher-spec’d systems in benchmarks, you can’t argue with its power efficiency, especially at load. The system pulled just 59W of juice at idle and 275W under load. Perhaps DS went a little overkill on the PSU, which has a ceiling of 1050W but you almost can never have too much good clean power headroom.

The VIRTUE, with its liquid cooler, was a relatively quiet machine, although there was a slight whine at all times that grew more noticeable under load. All told, though, the noise level is less than you might expect for such a powerful system.

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