With systems like these it is very important to take power consumption into the equation, but there are some caveats this time around. First, these are in no way identical systems and a precise apples-to-apples test is nearly impossible to create based on the combinations and platforms available on the market. Secondly, the AMD APU test platform was just that: a test platform that wasn’t finalized hardware though the new MSI E350 motherboard we are reviewing is.
I was kind of surprised to see this, but considering we are looking at the first generation of real-world implementations, I guess I shouldn’t have been. While the reference system was drawing only 9.3 watts at idle, the retail motherboard was at 15.6 watts; that’s more but in real-world usage not a big deal. It still falls under the Atom D510 system and the Intel CULV+ION combo.