Power Consumption  

We looked at power consumption of our two testbeds, however AMD is at a bit of a disadvantage here. While our Intel testbed uses the P965 chipset, the AMD testbed uses NVIDIA’s nForce 590 SLI, a far more power hungry platform. The results below are thus better for comparing within platforms and not necessarily useful for drawing AMD vs. Intel comparisons. Note that we did use AMD’s latest 65nm Brisbane core for all of our tests.

At idle we can see that the E4300 system already uses less power than the E6300, and definitely less power than the Pentium D 945.

Total System Power Consumption at Idle

Under load, power consumption is once again reasonable - lower than the E6300. Overclocked, the E6300 uses a bit more power than the X6800 but that’s to be expected.

Total System Power Consumption under Load

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  • clairvoyant129 - Friday, January 12, 2007 - link

    Look again, the E4300 frags the X2 4200+ Reply
  • bob4432 - Wednesday, January 10, 2007 - link

    i just need to keep on saying to myself, i don't need to upgrade, i don't need to upgrade, i don't need to upgrade.......

    man, what a good time for people that are builing though, intel sure is putting as much of the smackdown on amd (currently running amd so i am not partial to either, just my wallet) as they can.


    when this thing drops to $133, it will be so tempting....hoping ddr2 will drop soon!!!!!
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  • kmmatney - Wednesday, January 10, 2007 - link

    How far can you overclock the 4300 with a DDR motherboard, so I can use the 2GB I already have? With the ASRock 775Dual-VSTA LGA 775, which usually can get to 312 MhZ FSB, you should be able to get to 2.8 Ghz, which isn't too bad. Are there any better options out there that allow you to use DDR? Reply
  • dm - Wednesday, January 10, 2007 - link

    http://fanboyreview.blogspot.com/2006/12/brag-one-...">http://fanboyreview.blogspot.com/2006/1...one-hund... Reply
  • Invader57 - Wednesday, January 10, 2007 - link

    I believe this article has the prices wrong. According to the recent Intel news release, the E4300 price will be reduced to $113 in Q2, when the E4400 is released at $133. Reply
  • atenza - Wednesday, January 10, 2007 - link

    Well, you're right! There's a mistake in the article. Reply
  • docmilo - Wednesday, January 10, 2007 - link

    I bought a cheap mb/cpu combo to get into dual core some time ago. I currently am running an 805 Pentium D in an ECS board, RC410L/800-M. I run great overclocked to 3.4 ghz from stock 2.66. This chip is only at 533 fsb. CPU-Z shows the fsb at 1500 to get this speed. I think this testing should have been done on a mb with a max 800fsb since I believe this chip is for that type of mb.

    What kind of OC should I expect on an 800mhz fsb motherboard?
    Reply
  • atenza - Wednesday, January 10, 2007 - link

    Your mobo doesn't support Core 2 at all. Some improved voltage regulator is needed, having socket 775 is not enough. Reply
  • GeekUSA - Wednesday, January 10, 2007 - link

    Does anyone know where I can get the program that overclocks these beautiful chips?

    Thank You.
    Reply
  • Toebot - Wednesday, January 10, 2007 - link

    http://www.cpuid.com/clockgen.php">null

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