Power Consumption

For my power testing comparisons, we looked at both discrete and integrated graphics solutions.

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Discrete Power Consumption

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Integrated Power Consumption

Here we can see that the Intel G965 chipset on the Asus P5B-VM motherboard uses quite a bit more power when in idle mode with both discrete and integrated graphics options.  However, once the system is at full load, the Core 2 Duo E6400 and G965 uses just a few watts less than the Athlon X2 5200+ on the AMD 690.

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