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Power Consumption, Noise Levels, And Temperature Readings

Roundup: Mainstream Graphics Cards From ATI And Nvidia
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Power consumption is measured in watts for the whole test platform. The 2D idle value comes from the normal Windows user interface without any load and (and with Aero turned off). The 3D value is measured when the CPU and graphics card are operating under heavy load (peak value). Measurements took place at the wall socket. PSU efficiency averaged around 82.4% (according to manufacturer measurements).

Power Consumption

2D Watts

3D Watts

GeForce GTX 275 (896 MB)

156

351

GeForce GTX 260 216 SPs (896 MB)

150

295

GeForce GTX 260 (896 MB)

154

330

GeForce GTS 250 (1,024 MB)

156

265

GeForce 9800 GTX+ (512 MB) 182.46

165

277

GeForce 9800 GTX (512 MB)

170

278

Zotac GeForce 9800 GT (512 MB) (9800 GT 512 MB)

173

292

GeForce 9800 GT (512 MB)

172

282

GeForce 9600 GT (1,024 MB)

145

195

GeForce 9600 GT (512 MB)

146

206

GeForce 8800 GTS (512 MB)

171

282

GeForce 8800 GT (1,024 MB)

148

210

GeForce 8800 GT (512 MB)

160

254

GeForce 8800 Ultra (768 MB)

203

328

GeForce 8800 GTX (768 MB)

186

298

GeForce 8800 GTS (640 MB)

178

261

GeForce 8800 GTS (320 MB)

170

248

GeForce 8600 GTS (512 MB)

147

192

Radeon HD 4890 (1,024 MB)

182

312

Radeon HD 4870 (512 MB)

191

288

Radeon HD 4850 (512 MB)

166

270

Sapphire HD 4830 (512 MB) (HD 4830 512 MB)

140

234

Radeon HD 4830 (512 MB)

140

234

Sapphire HD 4770 512 MB (HD 4770 512 MB)

153

203

Radeon HD 4770 (512 MB)

152

199

HIS H467QT512P (HD 4670 2x512 MB) CF

143

258

Radeon HD 4670 (2x512 MB) CF

143

256

HIS H467QT512P (HD 4670 512 MB)

129

187

HIS H467PS1GP (HD 4670 1,024 MB)

134

176

Radeon HD 4670 (512 MB)

125

178

Radeon HD 3870 (512 MB)

139

223

Radeon HD 3850 (256 MB)

134

197

Noise Levels

2D dB(A)

3D dB(A)

GeForce GTX 275 (896 MB)

36.8

44.2

GeForce GTX 260 (896 MB)

37.5

41.2

GeForce GTX 260 (896 MB)

37.8

53.8

GeForce GTS 250 (1,024 MB)

39.6

50.2

GeForce 9800 GTX+ (512 MB)

36.6

41.4

GeForce 9800 GTX (512 MB)

37.2

44.8

Zotac GeForce 9800 GT (512 MB) (9800 GT 512 MB)

36.3

46.8

GeForce 9800 GT (512 MB)

36.3

46.2

GeForce 9600 GT (1,024 MB)

36.9

42.3

GeForce 9600 GT (512 MB)

0.0

0.0

GeForce 8800 GTS (512 MB)

36.4

39.5

GeForce 8800 GT (1,024 MB)

36.6

40.8

GeForce 8800 GT (512 MB)

36.5

40.8

GeForce 8800 Ultra (768 MB)

37.1

44.6

GeForce 8800 GTX (768 MB)

37.5

40.5

GeForce 8800 GTS (640 MB)

37.1

37.4

GeForce 8800 GTS (320 MB)

36.2

37.0

GeForce 8600 GTS (512 MB)

46.6

47.2

Radeon HD 4890 (1024 MB)

36.7

48.4

Radeon HD 4870 (512 MB)

38.0

49.4

Radeon HD 4850 (512 MB)

36.2

47.9

Sapphire HD 4830 (512 MB) (HD 4830 512 MB)

40.5

41.2

Radeon HD 4830 (512 MB)

40.5

41.2

Sapphire HD 4770 (512 MB) (HD 4770 512 MB)

36.6

37.4

Radeon HD 4770 (512 MB)

36.3

38.5

HIS H467QT512P (HD 4670 2x512 MB) CF

37.3

37.3

Radeon HD 4670 (2x512 MB) CF

37.3

37.3

HIS H467QT512P (HD 4670 512 MB)

36.5

36.5

HIS H467PS1GP (HD 4670 1024 MB)

0.0

0.0

Radeon HD 4670 (512 MB)

36.2

36.2

Radeon HD 3870 (512 MB)

35.9

38.7

Radeon HD 3850 (256 MB)

36.4

36.5

Temperatures (degrees Celsius)

2D Mode

3D Mode

GeForce GTX 275 (896 MB)

47

92

GeForce GTX 260 (896 MB)

45

81

GeForce GTX 260 (896 MB)

48

90

GeForce GTS 250 (1,024 MB)

44

77

GeForce 9800 GTX+ (512 MB) 182.46

48

81

GeForce 9800 GTX (512 MB)

55

74

Zotac GeForce 9800 GT 512 MB (9800 GT 512 MB)

58

87

GeForce 9800 GT (512 MB)

56

84

GeForce 9600 GT (1,024 MB)

43

70

GeForce 9600 GT (512 MB)

48

88

GeForce 8800 GTS (512 MB)

62

88

GeForce 8800 GT (1,024 MB)

44

62

GeForce 8800 GT (512 MB)

60

98

GeForce 8800 Ultra (768 MB)

56

95

GeForce 8800 GTX (768 MB)

58

83

GeForce 8800 GTS (640 MB)

55

80

GeForce 8800 GTS (320 MB)

52

77

GeForce 8600 GTS (512 MB)

41

57

Radeon HD 4890 (1024 MB)

60

80

Radeon HD 4870 (512 MB)

60

74

Radeon HD 4850 (512 MB)

79

94

Sapphire HD4830 (512 MB) (HD 4830 512 MB)

34

61

Radeon HD 4830 (512 MB)

34

61

Sapphire HD 4770 (512 MB) (HD 4770 512 MB)

44

71

Radeon HD 4770 (512 MB)

52

72

HIS H467QT512P (HD 4670 2x512 MB) CF

39/34

79

Radeon HD 4670 (2x512 MB) CF

38/34

75

HIS H467QT512P (HD 4670 512 MB)

37

71

HIS H467PS1GP (HD 4670 1,024 MB)

41

70

Radeon HD 4670 (512 MB)

44

83

Radeon HD 3870 (512 MB)

51

92

Radeon HD 3850 (256 MB)

52

90

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