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Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 1GB Video Card - Power Consumption Tests

With the high end HD 5870 already looked at in a number of ways, we check out the HD 5850 this time which carries with it a lower price tag.

By: | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Oct 1, 2009 11:18 am
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: SapphireTech

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.

 

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Power draw compared to the HD 5870 is lower as you would expect. Compared to the HD 4890 and GTX 285 it also manages to be lower with the minimum coming in at just over 200 Watts and the load being over 50 Watts less than the next closest card which is the slower HD 4890.

 


 

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