Power, Heat And Efficiency
None of our machines need all the power their PSUs can output. Note also that the chart reflects global (input) limits, and that power supplies are rated in output. Five-hundred watts of input power provides only 425 W at 85% efficiency, so the 750 W unit in my $1600 machine has 325 W to spare. Plenty, then, for the giveaway winner’s eventual CrossFire upgrade.
Running huge coolers that differ primarily in brand name, the $1600 and $1300 machines have nearly identical idle temperatures. The $1600 machine’s higher load temp is due to my use of “silent” fan mode, which assists in its modest 35 dB(A) maximum noise level.
Using the slowest system’s power and performance numbers as a baseline, I calculated how much more or less the other configurations used (energy) and provided (performance) as a percentage. Then, I subtracted the baseline to zero-out our efficiency score.
We can see that the $1300 PC was 78% faster than the $600 machine, yet needed 82% more power. The $1600 PC was over twice as fast as the $600 machine, but needed even more power.
All but one of the results are closely matched in performance-per-watt, and that one standout is the overclocked $1300 machine with its enormous 1.34 V core setting. I only hope that machine lives long enough to make it into the giveaway winner’s hands.