FIREBAT T8 Plus Mini PC Running Linux: Power Consumption

CPU Stressed

We will use s-tui to stress the CPU.

FIREBAT running s-tui

We can stress the CPU by changing the mode from monitor to stress. Here are the results for each machine.

FIREBAT Power Consumption Chart

  • As you can see, the FIREBAT is extremely frugal even when it’s pushed to its limits. But remember that the NUC (i7-1360P) is at least four times faster when stressing the machine, demonstrated in our Benchmarks article.
  • For the FIREBAT, when the CPU is stressed with the power saver mode enabled, it’s E-Cores run at 1400 MHz. With the balanced mode or performance mode enabled, the E-Cores run at 2900 MHz.
  • For the NUC, when the CPU is stressed, with the power saver mode enabled, the P-Cores run at 1100 MHz, the E-Cores run at 1100 MHz. With the balanced mode enabled, the P-Cores run at 3800 MHz, the E-Cores run at 2600 MHz. And with the performance mode enabled the P-Cores run at 4300 MHz, the E-Cores run at 3200 MHz.
  • For the i5-12400F, the P-Cores run at 3300 MHz in power saver mode, 4000 MHz in both balanced and performance modes. The processor has no E-Cores.
  • For the i5-10400F, the P-Cores run at 4000 MHz in all modes. The processor has no E-Cores.
  • Power usage figures are considerably higher if other system components (GPU, disk etc) are also stressed. The chart reflects power consumption stressing the CPU only. The maximum power consumption drawn when all system components are stressed is considerably higher for all machines.
  • Each machine is connected to a single 32″ 4K monitor. Power consumption of each machine will be higher when additional monitors are attached.

Next page: Page 4 – Electricity costs / Specifications

Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Power Consumption With System Idle
Page 2 – Power Consumption With Light Usage
Page 3 – Power Consumption With CPU Stressed
Page 4 – Electricity Costs / Specifications

Complete list of articles in this series:

Part 1Introduction to the series with an interrogation of the system
Part 2Benchmarking the FIREBAT T8 Plus Mini PC
Part 3Testing the power consumption
Part 4Multimedia: Watching videos and listening to music
Part 5How does the FIREBAT fare as a gaming PC?
Part 6Windows Subsystem for Linux 2
Part 7Installing and Configuring EndeavourOS, an Arch-based distro
Part 8Installing and Configuring Rhino Linux, a rolling release Ubuntu-based distro
Part 9VirtualBox performance on the FIREBAT
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Alex O
Alex O
1 month ago

Under your light usage test, your results show the Firebat uses 11.9W. What’s your overall power consumption taking into account the 4K monitor and any other accessories used?