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PowerColor Radeon HD 6870x2 2GB Overclocked Video Card Review - Power Consumption Tests

We check out the new dual core HD 6870x2 from PowerColor and proceed to overclock it. Our thoughts? Let's find out!

| AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Jul 28, 2011 4:50 am
TweakTown Rating: 90%      Manufacturer: PowerColor

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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At just under 500 watt, the power draw on the HD 6870x2 is higher than a lot of other cards, but it's nothing an excellent quality power supply won't handle. We're not talking about a card that draws 1000 Watt or anything like that.

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