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Origin PC Millennium: Power Consumption & Noise

Before bringing this article to a close, we'd like to cover a couple of final data points -- namely, power consumption and noise. Throughout all of our benchmarking and testing, we monitored acoustics and tracked how much power our Origin PC Millennium test system was consuming using a power meter.

Total System Power Consumption And Acoustics
Tested at the Outlet
Our goal was to give you an idea of how much power each configuration used while idling and also while under a heavy workload. Please keep in mind that we were testing total system power consumption at the outlet here, and not of any one individual component.

We measured the load wattage on this system by running a combination of Prime95 and Furmark for an extended period of time, and then taking note of peak usage. This is not something we recommend trying at home—taxing your components in this manner will generate a lot of heat, which is the enemy of electronics. We only do it here to get an idea of an absolute worst case scenario.

Origin PC Millennium Power Consumption

Having all this power and then overclocking on top of everything means a wimpy power supply is not going to cut it. By that same token, you don't have to go overboard with a 1,600W unit, or even a 1,000W unit. For this configuration, Origin PC selected an EVGA SuperNova 850W PSU that is 80 Plus Gold certified.

At idle, the system pulled just 93 watts from the wall—not bad when you consider the plethora of high-end parts. When we pushed a full load on the CPU and both graphics cards, the system peaked at 785 watts. That's inching close to the PSU's wattage rating, but it's also an unrealistic load—most users will never max out this system's power draw

Noise Output

The Origin Millennium we tested never ran completely silent—you can always hear the fans running, which work to keep the overclocked processor and graphics cards cool. It also doesn't get very loud under normal usage or gaming. If you manage to exert its GPUs at full load, as we did when testing the max power draw, the noise kicks up a notch. Outside of that, however, the Millennium maintains a consistent, unobtrusive noise level.

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