Power Consumption and Temperatures
Overclocking also comes with a price. While it offers more power for performance, it can also increases the use of power, and raises temperatures overall.
From the looks of the overclocking, you can see that the OC CPU consumed quite bit more power. With our 6870 and CPU fully loaded, we topped out at 292 watts. Not bad, but if you are energy conserving you may want to rethink it.
While we didn’t see big movements with the motherboard temps even during overclocks, please be careful with CPU temps. As you can see, even with watercooling on the 3770k, the processor at 4.8GHz peaked at 85.3C with prime95 running for 45mins. That’s pretty much the danger zone, but our chip didn’t stay there the entire time. It moved around quite a bit in the 70’s and low 80’s.
We still don’t recommend anyone running the chip with those temps on a 24/7 basis.