Legit Video Card Reviews
XFX 7950GX2 570M XXX Edition Video Card
|Product:||XFX GeForce 7950 GX2 M570 1GB DDR3 XXX|
|Date:||Mon, Jun 05, 2006 - 06:00 AM|
|Written By:||Brian Wallace -|
The XFX Bundle & Power Consumption
The XFX Geforce 7950GX2 Retail Bundle:
The bundle that XFX puts together with the 7950GX2 comes with the DVD version of Laura Croft Tomb Raider Legend, which can be found for $40 online when purchased on it's own. The bundle also includes a driver CD, a user's manual, a power cable, two DVI to VGA adapters, and the video dongle.
Power Consumption Levels:
Low power consumption and being 'green friendly' is all the rage in the market today. We took a pair of the GeForce 7800GTX 512's and measured them at idle and load versus the overclocked XFX GeForce 7950GX2 and the results were shocking. Let's take a look at the test system used for power consumption testing.
AMD A64 X2 5000+ (AM2) Processor
ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluexe Motherboard
Nautilus 500 Water Cooling by Corsair Memory
4GB Corsair PC-6400C3 800MHz DDR2 Memory
Thermaltake 750W ToughPower Power Supply
We looked at the total system power consumption at idle with nothing running on the desktop.
Reference NVIDIA 7800GTX 512's - 177W
XFX's GeForce 7950GX2 XXX Edition - 154W
At idle the GeForce 7950GX2 uses roughly 23W less power than a pair of 7800GTX 512's. Let's now run a 3D application like Futuremarks 3DMark06 and see what they run like under a load.
Reference NVIDIA 7800GTX 512's - 401W
XFX's GeForce 7950GX2 XXX Edition - 284W
Now that is a difference worth talking about! A pair of GeForce 7800GTX 512 video card were seen using up to 401W during 3DMark06, which is pretty high considering the entire system is not at 100% load. The XFX GeForce 7950 consumed 284W, which is roughly 117W less than the pair of 512MB 7800GTX's. Now that is a significant difference when it comes to power savings. Speaking of power savings let's see how that will impact your monthly power bill.
What does saving 117W mean to you? Electricity is measured in kilowatt-hours and the current charge for electricity varies from state to state. Since pricing varies from state to state and during seasons let's just use $0.14 per kilowatt-hour for pricing to figure up some rough numbers.
- 24 hours a day - $11.97 per month or $143.59 yearly
- 8 hours a day - $3.99 per month or $47.87 yearly
- 3 hours a day - $1.50 per month or $17.50 yearly
If you run a 3D screen saver and game for a full 24 hour day the 117W difference when under load could save you nearly $145 over just a single year! A more realistic figure would be eight hours a day (because we know how long you really play WoW after work) and even at eight hours the savings would be nearly $4 per month. When it comes to power consumption the GeForce 7950GX2 looks to be a winner!
Next Page - Test System
Page 1 - Introduction: The 7950 GX2
Page 2 - XFX 7950GX2 XXX Edition
Page 3 - The XFX Bundle & Power Consumption
Page 4 - Test System
Page 5 - Quake 4
Page 6 - Serious Sam 2 AA
Page 7 - Serious Sam 2 HDR
Page 8 - F.E.A.R
Page 9 - X3: Reunion
Page 10 - Call of Duty 2
Page 11 - 3D Mark 2006
Page 12 - Overclocking
Page 13 - Conclusion