NVIDIA’s GPUs: Results Summary
So, we’re approaching the end of the article. First, I’d like to present a diagram to you with all the results put together:
As shown in the diagram, the power consumption of top-end graphics cards has diminished after the release of NVIDIA’s new generation of graphics processors. That’s an excellent job!
Still, it is not perfect. New graphics cards on NVIDIA’s GPUs are misbalanced as concerns power consumption. The most powerful cards put a heavy burden on the +12v power rail, and this is the real reason – not the total power consumption of the device! – why you must ensure your PSU can stand such a strain before purchasing the card.
ATI’s GPUs: Results Summary
I didn’t post a summary diagram in my first report. I apologize now:
The new graphics processors from ATI’s X800 series have slightly higher power consumption in comparison to previous-generation GPUs. New graphics cards on ATI’s chips have a more “balanced” consumption, so you shouldn’t run into any trouble with your current not-very-powerful, but high-quality PSU.