Closing out this review we look at the heat production (though not much heat gets out of the CPU core) and power usage.
To heat things up Intel Burn was run to get the heat up concurrently with OCCT PSU test while running ATTO on every drive simultaneously while spinning up the optical drive to get the power flowing. This is rather extreme but I have not seen much else that will get a CPU this hot and suck this much power at one time.
What we glean from the temperature readings is good. Sure it hit the 105º throttle point at a manual OC under very extreme conditions but this board is faster than most I have seen at throttle recovery meaning you won’t stay off your top speed for long. Remember the Ivy Bridge CPU will not be hurt by the 105º temperatures as this is pretty much just another number. Yes it is important but not because it will permanently damage your CPU but because if your CPU reaches this temperature it generally means you either have a cooling issue or there are other problems.
A more realistic measure of temperatures is running PC Mark and logging the temps. To truly get a feel for what is going on inside the CPU we have provided a video of a PCMark 7 run using dynamic overclocking and VCore. The video is 12:15 long but worth the time if you are interested in how using dynamic offsets, speed step and turbo together can help save power, reduce temps and lower power usage.
A user can accomplish daily tasks without going much over 60 watts as most systems are idle 90% of the time or more.