Since power consumption is a big deal these days, we ran some simple power consumption tests on our test beds. The systems ran with the power supplies, case fans, video cards and hard drives. To measure idle usage, we ran the system at idle for one hour on the desktop with no screen saver and took the measurement. For load measurements, Prime95’s in-place large FFT’s were run on all cores to make sure each and every processor was at 100% load for maximum power consumption and heat. Curious about real world scenarios, we decided to drop Furmark and ran 3DMark 11 on the performance preset and took the maximum power consumption during the first GPU test.
The CyberPower Gamer Xtreme 4000 draws significantly more power in Futuremark 3DMark 11 than our other systems today. The likely culprit is the EVGA GeForce GTX 570 Super Clocked Edition. Taking a look at our latest graphics card charts for power consumption we can see that the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 draws 69 Watts more than the AMD Radeon HD 6950. Add to that the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 is an overclocked edition, that’s going to increase the power consumption of the card. Of course the EVGA GeForce GTX 570 Super Clocked edition isn’t the only factor that increases the power consumption. We have to take into consideration the minor detail that the CyberPower Gamer Xtreme 4000 is running well beyond the factory Intel specifications for the Intel Core i7 2600K. Instead of running at a paltry 3.4GHz, the CyberPower Gamer Xtreme 4000 has been cranked to a CPU speed of 4.4GHz. We all know that increasing the CPU speed will increase the power draw of the CPU. The CyberPower Gamer Xtreme 4000 is a ready to rock system in a box, this means that is actually inside of a case instead of simply on a piece of foam. Out of the box the Gamer Xtreme 4000 is running a grand total of five 120mm fans, that’s four more than we are running on the Legit Reviews test bench, and each of those will add a couple of watts a piece. May not seem like a lot but they tend to add up.