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Galaxy GeForce GTX 480 Super OC 1536MB Video Card - Power Consumption Tests

Galaxy make the fastest single GPU card faster. The question we ask is whether or not they can also make it better.

| NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Sep 23, 2010 3:56 am
TweakTown Rating: 93%      Manufacturer: Galaxy

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 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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While some would argue the power draw on the GTX 400 series is just too high, the 425 Watt number which is the number we get from our whole system minus the monitor is still very low. A good 650 Watt power supply wouldn't run into any problems with this card.

 

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