I live in Hawaii. The electricity costs here are enormous, with taxes and add-in costs, the average kilowatt is .45 cents, or about half a dollar. An HD-5770 draws more than 125w at idle! Websurfing or office apps don't need the raw power that games do. It seems like a big waste.
Is there an easy way to disable a GPU card in favor of the onboard vidio for those times when I don't need it? (other than removing the card)
Can ya turn it off at boot up (bios), then switch the DVI plug into mobo? Use a KVM switch?
I'm building a new rig with gaming capability, and thought I might get an ASRock mobo with on-board video, with the idea of swapping between the GPU card and the energy hungry onboard video.
Any insight would be much appreciated.
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No easy switching there... "Run with what you brung" or swap it out with a lower power card. Going with a new MB with a GPU is a good option also if you are not gaming.
Okay, I was afraid of that.
Are there conflict problems with having both; does having onboard vid hurt the performance of an add-in GPU?
As I understand, uh, with ATI, there are some "crossfire" offerings between onboard vid and GPU. Is that worth the bother?