NVIDIA GeForce GeForce GTX 980 Maxwell Video Card Review

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Power Consumption

 

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Video CardFor testing power consumption, we took our test system and plugged it into a Kill-A-Watt power meter. For idle numbers, we allowed the system to idle on the desktop for 15 minutes and took the reading. For load numbers we ran Battlefield 4 at 3840×2160 and recorded the average idle reading and the peak gaming reading on the power meter.

 

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Power Consumption Results: The system with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB reference card installed used just 103 Watts at idle and 334 Watts when gaming. These results are very good results! The NVIDIA GeForce GTX actually used less power in our test system as it was chugging along at 4K Ultra HD resolutions whereas the GeForce GTX 980 was running smoothly. We’ve found that when a video card is bottlenecked that it runs below the true max power consumption levels, so that explains why the GTX 680 is showing up lower in our testing. We could test at a lower resolution, but we wanted to keep all of our testing at 4K.

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  • Brian Blair

    The ACX 1.0 970 did not do bad at all. I ordered a ACX 2.0, SC model, But I am not going to even try to push it, I am going to baby it.

  • Rick N April Dyson

    when 20nm full maxwell chips come out they will be as fast as two 980’s with the die shrink I bet a 4000 core moster or close 3800 would be good with 512 bit bus and 4mb L2 cache lol . oh 1600mhz core clock stock

  • Rick N April Dyson

    Need
    Sli benchmarks now

    • I’m not sure, but the GTX980 OC’ed to the max could be maybe on par to the 780-Ti-GHz-Editions: http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/4084608?

      I will skip the 900’s and go for a CPU + MoBo + Screen Upgrade next.

      My Rig: http://www.gskill.us/forum/showpost.php?p=73167&postcount=1

      • UnspokenThought

        3GB on SLI’d 780 Ti’s? Ouch…whoa, and on 1080p? So you use them for something other than gaming? Skip the CPU+mobo upgrade, sell the 780s and get 980s and a 1440p, 1600p, or 4k monitor. Higher resolution and higher textures are so nice to look at. Wait for Broadwell or Skylake and DDR4.