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Looking for Low (idle) Power Graphics Card

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April 3, 2011 8:54:45 PM

I'm going to be upgrading from G41 platform to X58. I'm looking for a graphics card that has low idle power consumption (don't care how much power it consumes while gaming). I'm looking in the $50 range at cards such as ATI 4350, 4650, and 4850 as well as nVidia GTX 210. Is there much of a difference in idle power consumption among these cards (assume all passively cooled). I assume power scales with number of processing cores. I'm set on the X58 platform....already have the CPU.

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April 3, 2011 9:12:11 PM

Why not look into the low end ATI 5000 series? If anything they probably use less power than a comparable 4000 series card.
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April 3, 2011 10:51:07 PM

Passively cooled ATI Radeon HD 5450 GDDR3 fits within the criteria.
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April 4, 2011 12:08:50 AM

Not the actual topic, but why would one get an X58 board and a low-end GPU???
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April 4, 2011 1:32:32 AM

Zenthar said:
Not the actual topic, but why would one get an X58 board and a low-end GPU???


I was given the CPU...I mostly plan to use the computer for running machine learning algorithms and a distributed computing project (Rosetta@Home). Fast GPU not needed...yet.

@jaguarskx, thanks for the links. It does look like the 5000 series consumes less power at idle than the 4000 series. Actually, it looks comparable to integrated graphics at idle.
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April 4, 2011 1:52:05 AM

^^^

Actually, the HD 4850 is not represented in the link you provided. No need to worry 'cause the found a power consumption chart with the HD 4850; it's actually been measured to be 41w not the roughly 50w I initially mentioned:



http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/force3d-...
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April 4, 2011 4:39:28 PM

I think the previous link had a 4830 on it so I assumed that the 4850 would consume more.
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