Power Consumption of Entry-Level Graphics Cards
To reveal power consumption of modern entry-level graphics cards we took ATI Radeon X1300 Pro , ATI Radeon X700 Pro (PowerColor X700 Pro), Nvidia GeForce 6600 GDDR2 (XFX GeForce 6600 GDDR2 ), S3 Graphics Chrome S27 .
The most power-hungry entry-level graphics processor is the former rival for the GeForce 6600 GT – the Radeon X700 Pro, the one that consumes the smallest amount of energy is S3’s Chrome S27.
It is interesting to point out that Nvidia’s GeForce 6600 GDDR2 consumes much less than the Radeon X1300 Pro which it usually outperforms in benchmarks . Among a few advantages that the Radeon X1300 Pro has over the GeForce GDDR2 is support for dual-link DVI, but its reference design features a pretty noisy cooler, unfortunately.
Given that consumption of such graphics cards is low enough, it fully depends on the board maker whether the graphics card creates a lot of noise or can barely be heard.