The Grand Clash for Watts: Power Consumption of Modern Graphics Cards. Page 6
[02/01/2006 02:15 PM | Graphics]
by Anton Shilov , Alexey Stepin, Yaroslav Lyssenko
Modern computer components, including graphics cards, consume more and more power, dissipate more and more heat and cause a lot more noise with their cooling systems compared to their brethren a decade ago. Today we attempt to find out the needs of modern graphics cards when it comes to power consumption. Whether you are building a home-theater PC, or a high-performance gaming system, you may be interested to learn how much power will your graphics card would like to have.
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Power Consumption of Performance-Mainstream Graphics Cards
Graphics cards that cost from $200 to $300 are represented today by ATI Radeon X850 XT , ATI Radeon X800 XL , ATI Radeon X800 GTO (PowerColor X800 GTO VIVO ) and Nvidia GeForce 6800 GS .
The former speed daemon – the Radeon X850 XT – performs better than the rest boards, but consumes more energy compared to even more powerful products from the high-end segment. This is wny if you want to have the highest performance in this price class, you will have to admit excessive amount of power, dual-slot cooler and the absence of dual-link DVI (which is available on the Radeon X1600 XT that is slower in 3D games).
The GeForce 6800 GS consumes slightly more than the Radeon X800 XL and the Radeon X800 GTO, but the difference looks negligible while the GeForce sports some interesting capabilities, such as the Shader Model 3.0, PureVideo technology, etc.
Neither of the boards creates a lot of noise.
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