We conduct every power-measurement test with all processor power-saving features (DES, EPU, and others) enabled, and we perform each test twice—first with the motherboards’ proprietary power-saving features disabled, then with them enabled. We select automatic power-saving modes where possible.
Most motherboards show a similar idle power. Remember that these results are obtained with processor power savings enabled, but without each motherboard’s power-saving features enabled. MSI’s P45 Diamond is the only product that ekes out a noticeable decrease in idle power consumption with its power-saving features enabled; the others provide minimal savings. Also keep in mind that the motherboards by ASRock and Foxconn don’t offer any power-saving features.
Remember also that we used a Core 2 Duo E7200, which is an extremely efficient, 2.53 GHz, 45 nm processor. This represents a major challenge for the test motherboards, as they have to save power where power consumption is already low.
The Core 2 Duo E7200 processor shows a gross power-requirement difference of approximately 30 W between idle and peak states on our test system running Windows Vista. The MSI and Gigabyte motherboards manage to show a noticeable difference using their power-saving features. Asus fails at peak processor power requirements, as the system requires 1 W or 2 W more power with EPU-6 enabled in Auto mode than with EPU-6 disabled.
- The P45 Efficiency Battle
- Efficiency Testing Basics
- ASRock P45R2000-WiFi: No Special Power-Saving Feature
- Asus P5Q Deluxe: EPU Power-Saving
- Asus P5Q-E: EPU Power-Saving
- Foxconn P45A-S: No Special Power-Saving Feature
- Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3R: DES Power-Saving
- MSI P45 Diamond
- Test Setup, SYSmark 2007 Results
- SYSmark 2007 Power And Performance Per Watt
- Power Measurements
- Efficiency Summary
- Analysis and Conclusion