Keep in mind that we measure the ENTIRE PC, not just the processor's power consumption. When we place load on the CPU - we see the power draw rise.The primary focus today will be the ASUS Z97 Deluxe, but all charts include the Z97-A as well.
Now more interesting is to remove the graphics card and to see how it behaves then. As shown in the chart above only the embedded IGP is used, the power consumption is great. In IDLE we measured ~63 Watts and, with processor load, the 120~130 Watts Range for the entire PC.
So I want to make it very clear that power consumption measurements will differ per PC and setup. Your attached components use power but your motherboard can also have additional ICs installed like an audio controller, LUCID chips, network controllers, extra SATA controllers, extra USB controllers, and so on. These parts all consume power, so this is an indication.
Next to that, we stress all CPU cores 100% and thus show a PEAK power consumption. Unless you transcode video with the right software your overall/average power consumption will be much lower.
For cooling we are using a Corsair H110 cooler (all-in-one liquid cooling).
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