We measured the power consumption of our entire test system at the wall while loading the CPU using Cinebench and GPU using FurMark. We also measured the power consumption with the system resting at the Windows 7 desktop. As this is a home entertainment system, we decided to measure the temperatures while playing a 1080P movie.
Power consumption is a strong point for Arctic’s MC101 home entertainment centre. Its idle power usage may not be quite as low as the 10W Arctic advertise, but 16W is still a great result.
Due to the relatively high CPU usage during media playback, the system’s power consumption increases.