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GPU power consumption ATI4890vs GTX560

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February 11, 2011 2:40:17 PM

Does anyone know which requires more power? I'm thinking of upgrading my 4890 in the next month or so, but since my PSU is 550w and has multiple HDDs running on it, Im really concerned about the power consumption level...
a c 358 U Graphics card
February 11, 2011 7:50:25 PM

nVidia cards are generally power hogs. The HD 4890 uses about 120w of power which is about the same as the much faster HD 6870. The HD 48xx series were considered power hog for ATI cards, but they still used less power than their nVidia counterparts back then.



http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/geforce-...
a c 214 U Graphics card
February 11, 2011 8:38:58 PM

I'm surprised the 6950 uses more power than the 560.
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February 12, 2011 2:18:51 AM

wow roughly 40watts more than 4890.... I was originally thinking of getting the 6870, but since most reviews seems to point out the 560 as a better card, and I found a dual cooler design only 10 GBP ($15 USD?) above a reference design 6870 I'm tempted of getting the 560...
DO you think my rig will be able to run 560 on it without taking out my current components (other than 4890)? My current rig is Pii x4 955, 2 HDD (500gb+120gb), 2SSD (Raid) 4890 & 4350 (low profile PCI edition for 3rd monitor). PSU is corsair 550 w
a c 214 U Graphics card
February 12, 2011 2:33:50 AM

With a corsair 550watt you shouldn't need to replace it,just don't SLI.With a 955 it won't cause much of a bottleneck either.All should do fine.I've seen the 560 perform almost the same as the 6950 but it's priced at $50 cheaper.I would definitly get the 560.But it your doing an Eyefinity setup then the 6950 would be the better choice.
February 12, 2011 5:28:34 AM

purple stank said:
With a corsair 550watt you shouldn't need to replace it,just don't SLI.With a 955 it won't cause much of a bottleneck either.All should do fine.I've seen the 560 perform almost the same as the 6950 but it's priced at $50 cheaper.I would definitly get the 560.But it your doing an Eyefinity setup then the 6950 would be the better choice.


well all my 3 monitors are different in size and are vga, I don't plan on doing SLI or eyefinity for that matter. 560 also gives the future option of getting 3d (should i decide to purchase a new monitor, so given the price differential between the 6870 and the 560, I'll happily go with the 560 :) 

Thnks for the advice.
a c 214 U Graphics card
February 12, 2011 5:42:38 AM

They also make 1G version of the 6950 and are cheaper.The new 6xxx series cards from AMD offer Blu-ray and 3D just to let you know.
February 13, 2011 4:44:37 AM

purple stank said:
They also make 1G version of the 6950 and are cheaper.The new 6xxx series cards from AMD offer Blu-ray and 3D just to let you know.


FOr some reason the 6950 even the 1gb versions are more expensive than the 560 :|
Blu-ray playback is offered in most graphic cards these days, and given how the 3D technology on ATI uses 3d party tools I am not confident enough to use it.

Plus the reference design for the 6900 series is long, I fear it's not going to fit my low-end case!
a c 214 U Graphics card
February 13, 2011 1:03:49 PM

You could always go for the 6870 or a 5770.both are capable of 1080p and 3D.
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