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Gigabyte 970A-D3 - Drawing too much power?

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I have two machines of identical spec. Neither are overclocked at all.

Gigabyte 970a-D3
Bulldozer FX 8150
8GB DDR3 1333mhz
GTX 570
1TB HDD.
950W Power Supply.

I had issues with both builds to begin with. BSODS for the most part, followed by Prime95 chucking Ilegal Sum and Round errors.

I'm noticing that one machine after increasing the NB-CPU voltage fixed both of the issues above. In HWmonitor the power consumption ranges from around 112w to 117w under full load (for example Prime95 or LinX). Temperatures all within acceptable levels.

On the other machine (as stated of identical spec, BIOS settings and drivers) suffers from rebooting at random times under stress anything from 10 minutes to 10 hours. Temperatures are again all acceptable. The only noticeable difference being that the board seems to pull 125W under normal load pulls about 132W under stress. My understanding is that specific board shouldn't go above 125w.
Is there a setting I'm missing in the BIOS to lower this?

I've tried lowering the multiplier on the CPU down to 15 so it's only running at 3ghz but it's still pulling the same power.

Does anyone have any suggestions because I am confused?

Cheers,

Ben.
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If you are referring to the CPU-Z "wattage meter" for the TDP of the chip, its highly inaccurate and should never be used to monitor anything other than core voltage. The only quick solution I'd say is give the core a little more juice (0.05v) and see if that fixes the problem.
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software power consumption monitors are not accurate.
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If you want accurate, get a Kill-A-Watt meter. It won't isolate individual components, but will tell you the overall system.
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