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Hey guys, so im looking to replace my htpc/server h67 motherboard with a z68 board since price isent too much of an issue. After looking around i noticed that there was quite a bit of "green" tech from each company, and wassent sure of the performance differences confused.gif

I was looking for a board that has the greatest power saving options and it seems that each company has their different ways; Like Msi's APS and DrMOS, Asus EPU and DIGI+ VRM and Gigabytes Driver MOSFET.

In short I was just wondering if one of these (or from other companies) was superior to the other in terms of having the lowest power consumption on their boards?

Thanks for the help biggrin.gif
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Motherboard don't draw a lot of power themselves. Digital VRM helps a bit in conserving power. What about the CPU that is going it? You say this is a HTPC so you can underclock the CPU to save power (16x multipliers).
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Originally Posted by trumpet-205;15357312 
Motherboard don't draw a lot of power themselves. Digital VRM helps a bit in conserving power. What about the CPU that is going it? You say this is a HTPC so you can underclock the CPU to save power (16x multipliers).

yeah currently im already underclocking biggrin.gif im not 100% sure yet but i might pair it with a i5 2500k (which i have now) or pick up an i3 2100.

Currently on the Asus h67 board i have, with epu turned on and speedstep it underclocks it to 1.6ghz most the time. But i havent really tried out the other energy saving stuff from other companies so i was not sure if its much different (for better or worse) then the asus one. tongue.gif +rep


To anyone:
Any thoughts or knowledge would be greatly appreciated biggrin.gif
Edited by DNytAftr - 10/18/11 at 1:08pm
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You can set multipliers to 16x, that way CPU use 16x all the time.
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Originally Posted by trumpet-205;15357709 
You can set multipliers to 16x, that way CPU use 16x all the time.

hmm interesting, though that only k chips can change multis, tongue.gif or i guess well if i get the 2100 i prob cant underclock it. Anyways other then underclocking, i prob wouldnt see much difference between boards ?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by DNytAftr;15357917 
hmm interesting, though that only k chips can change multis, tongue.gif or i guess well if i get the 2100 i prob cant underclock it. Anyways other then underclocking, i prob wouldnt see much difference between boards ?

You can definitely change the multipliers on non-K CPU, you just can't move it past stock settings. In i3 2100, anything between 16 to 31 is fine.

I personally don't think you would see a power consumption difference between motherboards who are using similar chipset.
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