Power Consumption - 73 Watts During Blu-ray Playback
Equipping the AMD 780G board with an Athlon X2 BE-2350, we measured the lowest power consumption of any system in the lab so far during playback of a Blu-ray movie - a mere 73 watts.
A system using an Athlon X2 BE-2350 draws only 73 watts of power during Blu-ray playback
AMD also sent us a sample of the new Athlon X2 4850e, which drew only 74.37 watts when playing back a Blu-ray movie with PowerDVD 7.3. This processor is expected to hit the shelves within the next few weeks. With Cool'n'Quiet activated, the 4850e has the lowest idle power consumption of any CPU in the lab.
Low power consumption - the Athlon X2 4850E will be available soon.
Since the on-board GPU handles all of the decoding operations for the H.264 and VC-1 codecs, the power consumption of the brawnier CPUs increases only marginally. Thanks to its four cores, the Phenom only draws 9 watts more than the Athlon X2 BE-2350. The multi-threaded Cyberlink codec takes advantage of all of the Phenom's four cores, so the CPU can run at lower speeds, conserving energy.
What revision is your board? I just received this board and it's the new revision 1.1 which has a bigger heatsink (you can see the pictures from the gigabyte site for both revisions 1.0 and 1.1). I am getting my CPU soon and want to also check the northbridge temperatures. What can I use to measure the temps?
Unfortunately, I'm using the rev 1.0 board. I fitted it with an HR05 heatsink from thermalright and its now just warm to the touch not hot. I'm using everest to monitor my temps. Aux now registers at 37 C, though I'm not really sure if its the NB temp. You can also use riva tuner among others.
I would question the QA process of a mobo manufacturer who offers not only a poor heatsink design, but a 4 phase mosfet unable to cope with the TDP of some of the higher power phenoms (see Tomshardware and Anandtech). The 780 board by XFX has a heatpipe solution on the mosfets and northbridge which looks like a better design, and similar price (cheaper if you count having to replace the deficient heatsink by Gigabyte). The Asus M3A78 possibly has a better heatsink on the northbridge.