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MSI Radeon HD 5770 HAWK 1GB Video Card (Page 14)

Shawn Baker | Feb 5, 2010 at 2:55 am CST - 1 min, 6 secs time to read this page
Rating: 96%Manufacturer: MSI Computer

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 7,200RPM SATA-II single hard drive is used without CD ROM or many 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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Adding the extra voltage through the card increases our idle and load watts. Just over 350 Watt at load isn't anything we would be worried about, though. Any good quality 500 Watt power supply is going to run this card with no dramas.

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