We are monitoring power consumption at the plug using a Plug in Power and Energy monitor. For the idle tests, we left the system idling at the desktop for 5 minutes, after which we recorded the power consumption. Moving on to the Blu-Ray test, we measured the power consumption while playing Independence day. For the gaming test, we loaded the system using DiRT 3.
The power consumption figures recorded by the Lynx system are nothing short of impressive. Even though the Intel system appears to consume less power overall, we have to consider that the AMD system has an extremely capable GPU built in. 87 watts at load when gaming, compared to 102 watts from the AMD system under the same environment. Those of you who have read the full review will remember the AMD system was playable with Dirt 3 at 1080p, the Intel system couldn’t even break 20 fps at the same settings.