Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in

Benchmark Results: Power Consumption And Efficiency

Mainstream Or Hardcore? Two X58 Motherboards Compared
By

Power Consumption

Idle power is significantly lower on the hardcore BigBang Xpower motherboard, requiring only 85W. That includes the Radeon HD 5850 card we used for this article. In contrast, the X58 Pro-E needs 98W to operate and idle.

Peak power was almost identical on both motherboards.

Power Efficiency

Performance was marginally higher on the X58 Pro-E, as our workload finished quicker. Keep in mind that this applies to the motherboard's default settings.

Average power consumption was a bit lower on the mainstream X58 Pro-E.

The efficiency in performance per watt-hour is slightly better on the X58 Pro-E, although the difference is relatively small.

Display all 29 comments.
This thread is closed for comments
Top Comments
  • 13 Hide
    gege , July 3, 2010 10:47 AM
    I always knew that ^^
    Now tell me you guys what is the reason to buy "military class" that can work for 200 years if you are going to change all the system every 2~3 years?
Other Comments
  • 13 Hide
    gege , July 3, 2010 10:47 AM
    I always knew that ^^
    Now tell me you guys what is the reason to buy "military class" that can work for 200 years if you are going to change all the system every 2~3 years?
  • 0 Hide
    bujinyun , July 4, 2010 4:14 AM
    there's a typo in the platform overclocking results table of the cpu. look into that. :) 
  • 1 Hide
    Poisoner , July 4, 2010 7:04 AM
    Why is this article buried? This should be up top instead of 20 pictures of dumb heat sinks.
  • 7 Hide
    Mark Heath , July 4, 2010 1:57 PM
    Would have preferred a better look at OC'ing, not just a single chart.
  • 2 Hide
    Mark Heath , July 4, 2010 1:58 PM
    Why do people bother going around and rating everything negative? Oh well, reset your guys posts by giving them a thumbs up.
  • 0 Hide
    hemburger , July 4, 2010 2:12 PM
    great article :~)
  • 0 Hide
    cutterjohn , July 4, 2010 2:22 PM
    Some of us don't change our systems every 2-3y, I regularly go 5 or more years between MAJOR system upgrades, as if carefully built in the first place RAM, drive, and GPU upgrades will give you that effective life. i.e. I don't want electrolytic caps that are either faulty(hello Nichicon nice job stealing the wrong formula) caps or caps that "dry" out(electrolytic caps do eventually). There are also other benefits to the solid tantalum caps as well. So anyway that you look at it, NOT buying a mb (or other devices) w/solid caps is just plain stupid when you have the option to do so.
  • 1 Hide
    cutterjohn , July 4, 2010 2:23 PM
    Also forgot to mention that I regularly press my old systems into service as servers, as even the old ones are sufficient for my uses esp if I am running *BSD or a linux distro on them.
  • 1 Hide
    Ubrales , July 4, 2010 6:20 PM
    Good informative and well illustrated article!
  • 0 Hide
    kelemvor4 , July 4, 2010 6:49 PM
    Good article but the answer to the question in the title is easy. Given the existence of the EVGA SR-2, any board currently running a single non xeon cpu is not hardcore.
  • 0 Hide
    scook9 , July 4, 2010 10:36 PM
    So they simply overclocked via multi...and did not bother upping the bclk at all? That is kind of lame given the power circuitry for the northbridge is also a difference between the 2 boards and will effect this dimension.
  • 3 Hide
    nforce4max , July 4, 2010 11:45 PM
    gegeI always knew that ^^Now tell me you guys what is the reason to buy "military class" that can work for 200 years if you are going to change all the system every 2~3 years?


    True but then again some of us are pack rats and like old things to last. I am a true and shameless pack rat. Some of us pack rats still got vintage amiga and ibm rigs from the 80s that still run.
  • -1 Hide
    krzyinuyasha , July 5, 2010 6:00 AM
    gegeI always knew that ^^Now tell me you guys what is the reason to buy "military class" that can work for 200 years if you are going to change all the system every 2~3 years?


    For me I typically build a new system for around $1,000-$1,200 every 5-7 years and only upgrade the Video and Storage as I need to. So when I built my i7 I spent the extra money for a EVGA x58 Classified for the better components and life time warranty plus the option for better video expansion and a hexacore CPU if I ever needed it. So yea having military grade parts that can last 100 years is a good thing for me and others who like to build systems that will last more then 2 years and be able to OC and run them 25/7 for the 5-7 years.
  • -1 Hide
    Anonymous , July 5, 2010 6:18 AM
    I really hate how toms chooses to display their data. The names on the left are always switching.
  • 0 Hide
    Gradis , July 5, 2010 6:33 AM
    It can do SLI - bios needs to be updated to any version higher than 8

  • 0 Hide
    andrewcutter , July 5, 2010 10:39 AM
    it can not only do SLI, the newer version also has usb 3 support.........
  • 0 Hide
    Gradis , July 5, 2010 12:02 PM
    no x58 pro-e can
  • 0 Hide
    decrypted , July 5, 2010 2:59 PM
    I agree with wanting systems that last longer. I wish I could afford to upgrade more often, but alas I can not. I'm still using my system that I built back in early '02, a dual-cpu Xenon w/1GB RDRAM (lol), but hey, when I built it it was cutting edge and would smoke the computers we used in college. Right now I'm starting a new build and holding off on buying the cpu/MB/mem to last. I'm still torn between 1366 or 1156 build as hopefully the new build will last 5+ years.
  • 0 Hide
    Marcus52 , July 5, 2010 5:42 PM
    gegeI always knew that ^^Now tell me you guys what is the reason to buy "military class" that can work for 200 years if you are going to change all the system every 2~3 years?


    I suspect you "always knew" nothing, but had a belief to support feeling smug about the way you buy your parts. I'm not against saving money by purchasing main-stream parts of premium ones, not at all, but don't go around feeling like you're some superior being just because you do.

    As far as your "question", I suspect you are merely trolling, but if you actually want to know I suggest you read some mil specs and study manufacturing theory and practices; your assumptions are inaccurate.

    ;) 
  • -1 Hide
    branflakes71 , July 5, 2010 8:18 PM
    I have the Pro-E and expect it to last me 4-5 years, which is how long I go before major upgrades. It does SLI or Crossfire. The latest BIOS also allows for the Gulftown processors.

    The only thing it's "lacking" in my opinion is USB 3.0, which wasn't fully out yet when I built the computer last year. I don't do serious overclocking, just mild stuff, so its feature set and price point were perfect for my budget.

    Any well-built mainstream motherboard will last more than 2-3 years. It's really just the low-end entry level stuff that people need to avoid.
Display more comments