Energy efficiency is a big deal these days, so we fired up the system and plugged it
into a Kill-A-Watt power meter. For idle numbers, we allowed the system to idle on the desktop for 15 minutes and took the reading. For load numbers we measured the peak wattage used by the system while running a variety of utilities.
The CyberPowerPC Zeus Thunder 2500 SE had very decent power consumption numbers considering that it was overclocked up to 4.7GHz. The system idled at 122 Watts and peaked at 380 Watts when both the Intel Core i7-3770K processor and EVGA GeForce GTX 680 Superclocked video card were both at 100% load with Prime 95 and Furmark running. In gaming we saw on average 295 Watts of power draw with game titles like Battlefield 3 and Deus Ex. When encoding videos we saw right around 205 Watts on average.