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ASUS Radeon R9 280X DirectCU II TOP 3GB Overclocked Video Card Review - Power Consumption Test

ASUS Radeon R9 280X DirectCU II TOP 3GB Overclocked Video Card Review
It's been a while since we've looked at an ASUS video card, but we get stuck back into it today with the OC-friendly R9 280X DirectCU II TOP 3GB. (TPE:2357)
| AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Nov 29, 2013 10:21 pm
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: ASUS

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 video 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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Coming in a bit over 450-watts at load, you can see it sits a bit above the middle of the pack. We'd recommend a quality 650 watt or higher power supply for a setup like this.

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