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System Power Consumption
When we tested Trinity earlier this month, we found the 3.8GHz A10-5800K to consume 4% less power than the A8-3850 while being clocked 31% higher. The new Piledriver FX processors are not quite that impressive, as the FX-8350 drew roughly the same amount of power as the FX-8150, though it is clocked 11% higher, so AMD has obviously made some improvements. The FX-6300 system also consumed roughly the same amount of power as the FX-6100 rig, despite being clocked 6% higher.
Still, when you consider that an FX-8350 system consumes roughly the same amount of power as one powered by the Core i7-3960X, that's not good news for AMD. Even worse, the Core i5-3470 machine pulled just 122 watts, 52% less than the FX-8350 computer.