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Power And Temperature

System Builder Marathon, Q4 2013: $1600 Enthusiast PC

We expect the new build to take a hit in our power consumption benchmarks, even at idle, as a result of its two-card graphics subsystem, but it'll be most interesting to see how draw from the wall rises under heavy 3D loads. 

Fortunately, even overclocked, this system ducks in under its output ceiling with a 650 W peak.

As you can see, Enermax's ETS-T40 does an admirable job keeping our Core i5 cool. The graphics cards, on the other hand, sit in close proximity to each other and generate warmer (though by no means troubling) thermal readings.

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