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EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB SuperClocked Video Cards in SLI - Power Consumption Test

EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB SuperClocked Video Cards in SLI
We received a retail version GTX 780 3GB video card from EVGA and proceeded to test out SLI performance from the new high-end NVIDIA GPU.
| NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: May 27, 2013 4:35 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: EVGA

Power Consumption Test

 

 

Using our 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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As you'd expect, power draw at load is quite high and really we wouldn't recommend anything less than a quality 1000-watt power supply unit to run this kind of setup.

 

What is shocking though is the idle number. We've really seen both NVIDIA and AMD bring idle power draw down to almost nothing on their latest generation of video cards.

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