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Seven $260-$320 X79 Express Motherboards, Reviewed

Power, Heat, And Efficiency

MSI unexpectedly takes the lead from Intel, which is known to optimize for power, in this consumption metric, though only by a small margin.

Foxconn’s Quantumian-1 is a cool operator, while ECS’ voltage circuitry runs a little warm. We also found that Foxconn has a supremely stable voltage regulator, though it wasn’t the best overclocker.

We put both average performance and average power consumption on a percent scale and subtract 100% from the findings to zero out the chart. This shows that MSI’s 6% lower-than-average power consumption gives its boards a 6% higher-than-average efficiency rating.

Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.