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AMD Radeon R9 290X 4GB Overclocked Reference Video Card - Power Consumption Test

AMD Radeon R9 290X 4GB Overclocked Reference Video Card
We fire up MSI Afterburner and see what the brand new AMD Radeon R9 290X 4GB can do when overclocking is thrown into the mix. (NYSE:AMD)
| AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Oct 24, 2013 10:04 am

Power Consumption Test

 

 

Using our PROVA Power Analyzer WM-01 or "Power Thingy" as it has become quickly known as to our readers, we are now able to find out what kind of power is being used by our test system and the associated graphics cards installed. Keep in mind; it tests the complete system (minus LCD monitor, which is plugged directly into AC wall socket).

 

There are a few important notes to remember though; while our maximum power is taken in 3DMark06 at the same exact point, we have seen in particular tests the power being drawn as much as 10% more. We test at the exact same stage every time; therefore tests should be very consistent and accurate.

 

The other thing to remember is that our test system is bare minimum - only a SSD hard drive is used with a single CD ROM and minimal cooling fans.

 

So while the system might draw 400 watts in our test system, placing it into your own PC with a number of other items, the draw is going to be higher.

 

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At around 450 watts, any quality 650 Watt+ power supply is going to have no problems dealing with this kind of setup. With no voltage increase, though, we didn't expect any major jump in power draw.

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