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Palit GeForce GTX 260 Sonic 216SP 55nm Graphics Card - Power Consumption Tests

Palit has created a Sonic version of the 55nm 216SP GTX 260 and we take the time to check it out.

| NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Mar 2, 2009 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 91%      Manufacturer: Palit

Power Consumption Tests

 

 

Using our new 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 7,200RPM SATA-II single hard drive is used without CD ROM or many 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.

 

Palit GTX 260 Sonic 216SP Graphics Card

 

Power draw levels are similar to the Leadtek offering; a little lower at idle, little higher at load. We can see that the GTX 260s, though, are a fair bit lower at load when compared to the HD 4870. But with that said, 350 Watt isn't really a worrying figure.

 

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