Going Green? Which motherboard company is more efficient, ASUS or Gigabyte?

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Test Setup

Asus P5E3 Premium review
Intel Test Platform



Live Pricing


Intel QX6850


ASUS P5E3 Premium

Gigabyte X48-DS5 

Video Card

Albatron GeForce 9600GT


Corsair C6400C4 2 GB kit

Kingston HyperX PC3-13000

Hard Drive

Western Digital Raptor 150GB


Corsair Nautilus

Power Supply

PC Power & Cooling 750

Operating System

Windows Vista Ultimate 64Bit


All tests were run using a clean install of Windows Vista Ultimate 64 Bit. For our stock speed tests, we ran everything at default timings for the CPU.  Our stock speed testing on our DDR2 boards used Corsair DDR2 C6400C4 2 GB kit at 2.0 vDimm at DDR2 800, and timings of 4-4-4-12 and 1T if available.  Our DDR3 boards that used DDR3 were run using a 2GB kit of Kingston PC3-13000 memory running at timings of 7-7-7-20 and 1T at 2.0v. 

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