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How does AMD powerplay work?

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November 4, 2008 3:22:27 PM

I read something about it being able to lower power usage when a video card is not being loaded. Can anyone comment on this? I am also debating ATI 4870 1GB vs. GTX 260 because the I heard the 260 uses a lot less power at idle/non gaming.

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November 4, 2008 3:49:39 PM

I like nVidia, so thats what I buy and I can get video cards with a lifetime warranty.
November 4, 2008 5:00:07 PM

It works similar to the intel speed stepping. It downclocks the card to something like 500MHz when in idle to reduce the power consumption. I don't know anything deeper than that like what the % GPU load triggers are but in a nutshell, that is what it does.

http://ati.amd.com/products/powerplay/index.html


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November 4, 2008 5:13:49 PM

You probably want to compare with GTX 260 core 216. They are almost on an equal level.
GTX 260 is inferior to HD4870 1 GB.
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