Power Consumption - 150 Watts When Overclocked
In order to put a full load on the CPU, we run a multi-core version of Prime95.
Consuming 98 watts, our Phenom 9600 BE adheres almost completely to AMD's quoted TDP of 95 watts, with a small part of the power consumption accounted for by the voltage regulation modules. When the CPU is overclocked to 2.70 GHz, the cooling system has to dissipate 150 watts of heat.
By Contrast - Intel Q6600
Overclocked to 2.70 GHz, the Phenom 9600 BE offers nearly the same processing power as Intel's Core 2 Quad Q6600. However, the AMD processor consumes 150 watts, while the Intel Q6600 only draws 83 watts according to our measurements, a difference of 67 W.