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Power Consumption, Noise Levels, And Temperature Readings

Mainstream Graphics Card Roundup
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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 with Windows Vista Aero turned off (minimal value). The 3D value is measured when the CPU and graphics card run 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 Watts3D WattsPower Adapters

GeForce GTX 285 (1,024 MB)

150

348

2 x 6 pin PCIe

GeForce GTX 280 (1,024 MB)

155

347

1 x 6 + 1 x 8 pin PCIe

GeForce GTX 275 (896 MB)

156

351

2 x 6 pin PCIe

Zotac GeForce GTX 260² (GeForce GTX 260 216SPs 896 MB)

150

295

2 x 6 pin PCIe

GeForce GTX 260 (896 MB)

150

295

2 x 6 pin PCIe

GeForce GTX 260 (896 MB)

154

330

2 x 6 pin PCIe

Zotac GTS 250 1 GB (1,024 MB)

156

265

1 x 8 pin PCIe

GeForce GTS 250 (1,024 MB)

156

265

1 x 8 pin PCIe

GeForce 9800 GX2 (2 x 512 MB)

215

381

1 x 6 + 1 x 8 pin PCIe

GeForce 9800 GTX (512 MB)

170

278

2 x 6 pin PCIe

GeForce 9600 GT (1,024 MB)

145

195

1 x 6 pin PCIe

Asus GeForce 9600 GT (512 MB)

146

206

1 x 6 pin PCIe

GeForce 8800 GTS (512 MB)

171

282

1 x 6 pin PCIe

GeForce 8800 GT (1,024 MB)

148

210

1 x 6 pin PCIe

GeForce 8800 GT (512 MB)

160

254

1 x 6 pin PCIe

GeForce 8800 Ultra (768 MB)

203

328

2 x 6 pin PCIe

GeForce 8800 GTX (768 MB)

186

298

2 x 6 pin PCIe

GeForce 8800 GTS (640 MB)

178

261

1 x 6 pin PCIe

GeForce 8800 GTS (320 MB)

170

248

1 x 6 pin PCIe

Radeon HD 4890 (1,024 MB)

182

312

2 x 6 pin PCIe

Radeon HD 4870 X2 (2 x 1,024 MB)

234

465

1 x 6 + 1 x 8 pin PCIe

HIS H487QT1GP ICEQ4+ (Radeon HD 4870 1,024 MB)

196

298

2 x 6 pin PCIe

Sapphire Vapor-X HD 4870 2 GB (Radeon HD 4870 2,048 MB)

189

293

2 x 6 pin PCIe

Radeon HD 4870 (512 MB)

191

288

2 x 6 pin PCIe

Sapphire HD 4850 1 GB (Radeon HD 4850 1,024 MB)

165

257

1 x 6 pin PCIe

Radeon HD 4850 (512 MB)

166

270

1 x 6 pin PCIe

Radeon HD 4770 (512 MB)

152

199

1 x 6 pin PCIe

Radeon HD 4670 (512 MB)

125

178

None

Radeon HD 3870 X2 (2x512 MB)

186

365

1 x 6 + 1 x 8 pin PCIe

Radeon HD 3870 (512 MB)

139

223

1 x 6 pin PCIe

Radeon HD 3850 (256 MB)

134

197

1 x 6 pin PCIe

Noise Levels
2D dB(A)
3D dB(A)
Fan Diameter

GeForce GTX 285 (1,024 MB)

37.9

51.4

75 mm

GeForce GTX 280 (1,024 MB)

38.0

45.4

75 mm

GeForce GTX 275 (896 MB)

36.8

44.2

75 mm

Zotac GeForce GTX 260² (GTX 260 216 SPs 896 MB)

37.5

41.2

75 mm

GeForce GTX 260 216 SPs (896 MB)

37.5

41.2

75 mm

GeForce GTX 260 (896 MB)

37.8

53.8

75 mm

Zotac GTS 250 1 GB (GTS 250 1,024 MB)

39.6

50.2

75 mm

GeForce GTS 250 (1,024 MB)

39.6

50.2

75 mm

GeForce 9800 GX2 (2 x 512 MB)

37.9

53.5

75 mm

GeForce 9800 GTX (512 MB)

37.2

44.8

70 mm

GeForce 9600 GT (1,024 MB)

36.9

42.3

75 mm

GeForce 8800 GTS (512 MB)

36.4

39.5

70 mm

GeForce 8800 GT (1,024 MB)

36.6

40.8

75 mm

GeForce 8800 GT (512 MB)

36.5

40.8

60 mm

GeForce 8800 Ultra (768 MB)

37.1

44.6

73 mm

GeForce 8800 GTX (768 MB)

37.5

40.5

75 mm

GeForce 8800 GTS (640 MB)

37.1

37.4

75 mm

GeForce 8800 GTS (320 MB)

36.2

37.0

75 mm

Radeon HD 4890 (1,024 MB)

36.7

48.4

73 mm

Radeon HD 4870 X2 (2 x 1,024 MB)

51.2

60.4

73 mm

HIS H487QT1GP ICEQ4+ (Radeon HD 4870 1,024 MB)

36.8

52.1

80 mm

Sapphire Vapor-X HD4870 2 GB (Radeon HD 4870 2,048 MB)

36.0

38.2

75 mm

Radeon HD 4870 (512 MB)

38.0

49.4

73 mm

Sapphire HD 4850 1 GB (Radeon HD 4850 1,024 MB)

36.7

50.4

60 mm

Radeon HD 4850 (512 MB)

36.2

47.9

60 mm

Radeon HD 4770 (512 MB)

36.3

38.5

70 mm

Radeon HD 4670 (512 MB)

36.2

36.2

50 mm

Radeon HD 3870 X2 (2 x 512 MB)

35.8

45.8

75 mm

Radeon HD 3870 (512 MB)

35.9

38.7

75 mm

Radeon HD 3850 (256 MB)

36.4

36.5

60 mm

Temperatures And Slot Width
2D Degrees
3D Degrees
Fan Height

GeForce GTX 285 (1,024 MB)

45

85

Double slot

GeForce GTX 280 (1,024 MB)

45

86

Double slot

GeForce GTX 275 (896 MB)

47

92

Double slot

Zotac GeForce GTX 260² (GTX 260 216 SPs 896 MB)

45

81

Double slot

GeForce GTX 260 216 SPs (896 MB)

45

81

Double slot

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