When measuring the power consumption, it was very simple. We took the system and measure how much power it was pulling off the wall with a killowatt meter and we did it in a couple of scenarios. First we did it without the additional HD 6670, and we let it sit at idle and load. For loading the CPU we used Prime95 to bring the CPU cores to 100%.
As you can see from the results, at idle we were using 82.2watts and once it fully loaded it peaked at 143 watts. We repeated this test and added the HD 6670 for Crossfire support. Idle watts were at 112 and load at 158watts. At idle we saw a 29.8watt increase while during load, we saw a 46watt increase. With the added performance if the 6670 the additional watts wouldn’t bother us too much.
Now that we have covered all this data, let’s sum things up and give you our final thoughts.