X79 Motherboard Roundup: ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte

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Total System Power Consumption

Before bringing this article to a close, we'll take a look at power consumption of each of these motherboards. Throughout all of our benchmarking and testing, we monitored how much power each was consuming with a power meter. 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, this is total system power consumption being measured at the outlet and not the the individual motherboards alone.

Total System Power Consumption
Tested at the Outlet



Although the ASRock board pulled the least amount of power at idle by 4W, it was the ASUS Sabertooth X79 that had the best showing under load (and second best at idle), pulling 193W of juice. The second most efficient motherboard under load was the other ASUS offering.

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