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What Do High-End Graphics Cards Cost In Terms Of Electricity?

Creating The Application Usage Profiles

The User Profiles

As mentioned, the calculation is based on the behavior of the specific users. Let us briefly, once more, go over the three selected profiles that we created based on four weeks of measurements:

• The young gamer who mostly plays graphically-demanding shooters
• The average user who only rarely upgrades, but buys future-proof high-end hardware once in a while
• The older enthusiast who mostly buys for the fun of it

Creating the Application Time Profile For Each User Type

We use a small, custom-made piece of software that records the daily total run time of the computer, as well as the run times of certain pre-selected programs using hardware acceleration, such as GDI, D2D, or D3D, since these affect the power consumption. The measurements can be manually edited by simply entering relevant data in a table.

We calculate representative average values from the daily total run times. Of course, there are variations in user habits, depending on finished or uncompleted games, for example. But we are mainly after determining an approximate guide. The average numbers are used for calculating baseline power consumption numbers later on. Most of you can safely place yourself somewhere within or in between the three profiles, and thus create a reference for yourself, or perhaps even create your own profile.

  • alikum
    Nvidia cards consume power like crazy
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  • damric
    I don't get it. Are they saying that a GTX 480 will cost a hard core gamer $90/year in electricity? Seems like a drop in the bucket considering my power bills are over $90/month in the winter and over $250/month in the summer. Just think of all the money the hard core gamer saves from not having a girlfriend :D
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  • scook9
    They are also neglecting the positive side effects like not needing a space heater in the winter....you recoup alot of energy right there :D
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  • porksmuggler
    ^Tell me about it, warmest room in the house right here. Turn the thermostat down, and boot the rig up.

    Typo on the enthusiast graph. calculations are correct, but it should be 13ct/kWh, not 22ct/kWh.
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  • jimslaid2
    Glad I bought the 6870 over the gtx 460 1g
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  • aznshinobi
    The fact that you mentioned a porsche. no matter what the context. I love that you mentioned it :D
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  • AMW1011
    So at worst, my GTX 480 is costing me $90 a year? Sorry if I'm not alarmed...

    Also I can't imagine having 8 hours of gaming time every day. 5 hours even seems extreme. Sometimes, you just can't game AT ALL in a day, or a week.

    Some people do have lives...
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  • nebun
    alikumNvidia cards consume power like crazywho cares....if you have the money to buy them you can pay for the electricity...it's just like SUVs, you have the money to buy them you can keep them running
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  • nebun
    AMW1011So at worst, my GTX 480 is costing me $90 a year? Sorry if I'm not alarmed...Also I can't imagine having 8 hours of gaming time every day. 5 hours even seems extreme. Sometimes, you just can't game AT ALL in a day, or a week.Some people do have lives...i run my 480 sli rig to fold almost 24/7...do i care about my bill...HELL NO
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  • Darkerson
    Very nice article! Keep it up!
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