Earlier this week Gigabyte released beta BIOS F7B for their GA-890GPA-UD3H motherboard and we didn't bother dedicating any time to it until this morning when we noted that the description for this board said that the BIOS update would improve power consumption. What in the world could this be? It's not every day you see a BIOS update being released that improves the efficiency of the board! Read on to find out!
Quote: "The Gigabyte 890GPA-UD3H motherboard has much improved efficiency at an idle state when running beta BIOS F7B as you can see from the chart above. The system used 13W less power at idle, which is a 15% power savings! Not a bad improvement for just updating the BIOS and doing nothing else to save power! If you keep your computer on 24/7 that power savings can add up over the course of a year. For example, using the national average for KWH (currently $0.10120 per KWH) this BIOS update could save you up to ~$11.50 a year. If you own your PC for a number of years you can see how this power savings could add up!"