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.