Based on our power benchmarks, the new system needs more juice when we apply a graphics load to it.
That's not entirely surprising when you consider that each GeForce GTX 460 card requires two PCIe power cables, while the Radeon HD 6850s in our June build need only one per card.
The new system fares quite well, realizing lower CPU and idle GPU temperatures. Under load, however, the GeForce GTX 460 graphics processors are hotter than the Radeon HD 6850s.
- System Builder Marathon: $1000 Enthusiast System
- CPU, Motherboard, And Cooler
- Video Cards, Power Supply, And Case
- Memory, Hard Drives, And Optical Drive
- Assembly And Overclocking
- Test System And Benchmarks
- Benchmark Results: Synthetics
- Benchmark Results: Media Encoding Applications
- Benchmark Results: 2D And 3D Graphics Apps
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Benchmark Results: Crysis And Just Cause 2
- Benchmark Results: Metro 2033 And F1 2010
- Power And Temperature Benchmarks
- More Powerful Storage At The Same Budget