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System Builder Marathon, Dec. 2011: $1200 Enthusiast PC

Power And Temperature Benchmarks

The new AMD-based system uses more power across the board, especially when it's overclocked. This is largely attributable to the high voltage levels required to hit the settings we're using. Of course

You can also thank the power-hungry dual Radeon HD 6950 configuration for that.

Despite its high power usage, the new system’s CPU and GPUs stay relatively cool. We're glad to see that AMD made a transition to 32 nm manufacturing, which seems to help facilitate a more complex processor at lower thermal output. However, Xigmatek’s Gaia cooler should probably receive most of the credit for keeping temperatures low.