No review is complete without taking a look at power and did find the overclocked AMD Ryzen 5 1600X consumed slightly more power than a stock Ryzen 5 1600X when at load, but no more at idle. This is because the we didn’t have to increase the CPU voltage in the UEFI to get the overclock stable.
The chart above is getting really full, so be sure to click on it and see it at the full size. At idle the stock AMD Ryzen 5 1600X Processor used 43.8W at idle. At load the stock Ryzen 5 1600X topped out at 268W in Thief and with the overclock that increased up to 285 Watts. This is a modest 17 Watt increase when doing some 1080P gaming and that really isn’t too bad. When using Handbrake we noticed a 31 Watt increase, so overclocking does indeed use more power.