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MSI GeForce GTX 480 Lightning Video Card - Power Consumption Tests

Lightning continues to strike from MSI. Today we find out if it can strike again with the GTX 480 variant of the series.

| NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Nov 6, 2010 3:48 am
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: MSI

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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Power draw is high at load and clearly ahead of everything else; this doesn't come as a surprise with the amount of power connectors we've got plugged into the card, but it's got to be said. Of course, anyone buying this card should have a very good power supply anyway, so it shouldn't cause an issue for most.

 

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