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.
Benchmark Results: Pulling 218 Watts at the wall, the GIGABYTE P67A-UD7-B3 has the highest power consumption under full load as any of the Intel P67 boards that we have tested. At idle the power consumption was pulling 86 Watts at the wall which is higher than most of the P67 boards. While it may draw more power than most of the P67 boards it is still significantly lower than the X58 systems and even the Intel P55 system.