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Test System & Power Consumption

Core i7 Test System Specs
- Intel Core i7 920 (LGA1366)
- x3 Kingston HyperX 2GB DDR3-1333 (CAS 8-8-8-24)
- Asus P6T Deluxe (Intel X58)
- OCZ GameXStream (700 watt)
- Seagate 500GB 7200-RPM (Serial ATA300)
- Asus GeForce GTX 285 (1GB)
Software
- Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit)
- Nvidia Forceware 190.38

Core i5 Test System Specs
- Intel Core i5 750 (LGA1156)
- x2 Kingston HyperX 2GB DDR3-1333 (CAS 8-8-8-24)
- Asus P7P55D Deluxe (Intel P55)
- Asus Maximus III Gene
- MSI P55-GD65
- OCZ GameXStream (700 watt)
- Seagate 500GB 7200-RPM (Serial ATA300)
- Asus GeForce GTX 285 (1GB)
Software
- Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit)
- Nvidia Forceware 190.38

Phenom Test System Specs
- AMD Phenom II X4 965 (AM3)
- AMD Athlon II X4 620 (AM3)
- x2 Kingston HyperX 2GB DDR3-1333 (CAS 8-8-8-24)
- Asus M3A79-T Deluxe (AMD 790FX)
- OCZ GameXStream (700 watt)
- Seagate 500GB 7200-RPM (Serial ATA300)
- Asus GeForce GTX 285 (1GB)
Software
- Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit)
- Nvidia Forceware 190.38

Power consumption levels using the Core i5 750 on the Asus P7P55D Deluxe were remarkable. When at idle the system consumed just 96 watts, surprisingly 30 watts less than the MSI P55-GD65, which uses the same chipset.

Under full load the P7P55D Deluxe was just as impressive, and again used 30 watts less than the MSI board.

We will bring you a broader scope in this regard when we publish our 7-way P55 motherboard round-up in the coming days.