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Frames-Per-Watt For The GTX 200-Series And HD 4800-Series

The Fastest 3D Cards Go Head-To-Head

This table shows the relationship between the 3D performance and the power consumption (in watts) of the entire system under full load. The more frames-per-watt that are achieved, the better the result (2D mode is not evaluated). The greater efficiency in 3D mode is held by AMD, while the Nvidia cards are only slightly behind. The GTX 280 does slightly better than the GTX 260, which is down to the higher 3D performance. A more powerful CPU may improve the relationship in CrossFire and SLI modes.

Rating Relationship between performance and 3D watt fps per watt
1 Radeon HD 4850 (512 MB) 12.51
2 Radeon HD 4870 (512 MB) 11.65
3 GeForce GTX 280 (1024 MB) 10.70
4 GeForce GTX 260 (896 MB) 10.31
5 Radeon HD 4850 CF (512 MB) 8.83
6 Radeon HD 4870 CF (512 MB) 7.57
7 GeForce GTX 280 SLI (1024 MB) 6.52
8 GeForce GTX 260 SLI (896 MB) 5.71

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