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Test System Components

35 AMD CPUs Tested for Power Consumption
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The beginning of this article will focus on introducing all of the system components, because they play an important role in energy analysis. This will also help you achieve a better understanding of the performance capabilities of a complete system.

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Our complete test system platform for energy measurement.

For our energy measurements, we used the MSI K9A2 Platinum motherboard, which is based on AMD’s high-end 790FX chipset. We chose the MSI board because it has a lower power draw than comparable products from Asus or Gigabyte.

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Test motherboard: MSI K9A2 Platinum with the 790FX chipset.

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The BIOS 1.3 equipped motherboard is used with standard settings, which means that all on-board components, like audio and serial ports, are turned on. The test system has 2 GB of DDR2 RAM memory from A-DATA. The Vitesta module is run at DDR2 800 with a timing of CL5.0.

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2 GB DDR2 memory M2OMIDG314720INC5Z from A-DATA

Our cooler is the Zalman CNPS9700 LED, used with the Fanmate 2 fan controller.

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The cooler is set to maximum speed during the test, which enables our instruments to produce stable measurements.

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Zalman CNPS9700 LED

Our system is equipped with a system cooler for the hard drive.

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The WCL-03 system cooler from Noise Zero

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