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Power, Average Performance, And Efficiency

Memory Scaling, AMD's Trinity APUs, And Game Performance

Our motherboard automatically ramped up voltage whenever we changed the memory ratio to run at DDR3-2400 data rates. Those changes, which we didn't ask for, but are imposed (and maybe even necessary for stability) anyway are reflected in a big power consumption jump compared to running at DDR3-2133. The only way to get normal readings at 2,400 MT/s would have been to use modules rated for that data rate, and not overclocked to get there.

Interestingly, GPU power increases about 1 W for every step up in memory data rate (excluding the DDR3-2400 result, which is abnormal and due to the motherboard’s automatic voltage increases). For this combination of motherboard and memory, the easiest way to have your performance and efficiency is to leave it at XMP values.

DDR3-2400 only yields 2% more performance than DDR3-2133, while DDR3-2133 generates a huge 20% gain over mainstream DDR3-1600.

If all else were equal, we’d expect the performance lead attributable to DDR3-2400 data rates to show up in an efficiency chart. Because Asus' board juices voltage to enhance stability, though, we don't get the efficiency pop we were expecting.

Even still, the 20.4% speed-up from DDR3-2133 is far larger than the power consumption premium imposed by G.Skill's kit. So, that faster memory setting does deliver higher efficiency.

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