Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: Low power consumption, but better than 7900GTX performance

  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Posts
    281
    Thanks
    40
    Thanked
    10 times in 10 posts
    • Antagram's system
      • Motherboard:
      • ASRock H97M-ITX/ac
      • CPU:
      • Intel i5-4570S
      • Memory:
      • Crucial Ballistix Tactical 8GB 1600MHz
      • Storage:
      • Intel 335 Series 180GB
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Zotac 750 Ti
      • PSU:
      • Silverstone ST30SF
      • Case:
      • Silverstone SG05W
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
      • Monitor(s):
      • HP Pavilion 24XW
      • Internet:
      • 40Mb max

    Low power consumption, but better than 7900GTX performance

    From some old Xbit Labs reviews I got power consumption figures for 7900GTX.

    I'm not a heavy gamer, but would like an upgrade card for DirectX 10/10.1 (if nVidia start to support it). As I'm not a heavy gamer (apart from MMO's when I decide which to go for) I don't want a top of the range card burning away for just borwsing the web.

    When I last looked, the 3870 series looked good, but using Tom's Hardware compare chart it was worse for certain games, e.g. Warhammer: Mark of Chaos (no longer listed).

    Have things improved? Or likely to improve with 40nm release?

  2. #2
    Moosing about! CAT-THE-FIFTH's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Not here
    Posts
    31,826
    Thanks
    3,838
    Thanked
    5,126 times in 3,955 posts
    • CAT-THE-FIFTH's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Less E-PEEN
      • CPU:
      • Massive E-PEEN
      • Memory:
      • RGB E-PEEN
      • Storage:
      • Not in any order
      • Graphics card(s):
      • EVEN BIGGER E-PEEN
      • PSU:
      • OVERSIZED
      • Case:
      • UNDERSIZED
      • Operating System:
      • DOS 6.22
      • Monitor(s):
      • NOT USUALLY ON....WHEN I POST
      • Internet:
      • FUNCTIONAL

    Re: Low power consumption, but better than 7900GTX performance

    Try looking at the ATI HD4670.

    Look at this review:

    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/P...HD_4670/9.html

    Has performance around that of an HD3850 but with both lower idle and load power consumption!! It also needs no additional power connector from the PSU as it a bus powered card!!

    Also performance of the HD3850 and HD3870 has improved over the last year with newer driver releases too!!
    Last edited by CAT-THE-FIFTH; 12-10-2008 at 03:32 PM.

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Posts
    281
    Thanks
    40
    Thanked
    10 times in 10 posts
    • Antagram's system
      • Motherboard:
      • ASRock H97M-ITX/ac
      • CPU:
      • Intel i5-4570S
      • Memory:
      • Crucial Ballistix Tactical 8GB 1600MHz
      • Storage:
      • Intel 335 Series 180GB
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Zotac 750 Ti
      • PSU:
      • Silverstone ST30SF
      • Case:
      • Silverstone SG05W
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
      • Monitor(s):
      • HP Pavilion 24XW
      • Internet:
      • 40Mb max

    Re: Low power consumption, but better than 7900GTX performance

    Looks a good recommendation. Was only F.E.A.R. and Prey it was slighty worse at. Plus Asus have a passively cooled version

    Surprised how cheap it is too.

  4. #4
    Senior Member Pob255's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    The land of Brum
    Posts
    10,128
    Thanks
    605
    Thanked
    1,220 times in 1,121 posts
    • Pob255's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus M5A99X EVO
      • CPU:
      • FX8350 & CM Hyper 212+
      • Memory:
      • 4 x 2gb Corsair Vengence 1600mhz cas9
      • Storage:
      • 512gb samsung SSD +1tb Samsung HDD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • EGVA GTX970
      • PSU:
      • Seasonic GX 650W
      • Case:
      • HAF 912+
      • Operating System:
      • W7 Pro
      • Monitor(s):
      • iiyama XB3270QS-B1 32" IPS 1440p

    Re: Low power consumption, but better than 7900GTX performance

    If you want a card with the same power comsumpton then have a look here
    http://archive.atomicmpc.com.au/foru...c=7&t=9354&p=0
    A very useful list that get updated often.

    7900 GTX = 31W idle, 84W max
    HD4670 = 10W idle, 70W max

    I'll be faster and better although they do run Hot. so after market cooling might be an idea (or a model with non-stock cooling)
    As this card is supposed to be low power (generates less heat) it really show how bad the stock cooler is.

    Also might want to look at the 9600gt 512mb, higher idle but lower max.

    PS the 3870 was never a bad card and faster than the 7900gtx by a good way, it was just not up to the speeds of the nvidia 8800gt which was it's main rivial at the time (which is now clocked higher and called the 9800gt, I still think nvidia released that eairly as the 8800gt because of the threat posed by the 3870 at that time, being faster and cheaper than the 8800gts r80)
    Last edited by Pob255; 13-10-2008 at 01:09 AM.

  5. #5
    Registered+
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Posts
    47
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked
    1 time in 1 post

    Re: Low power consumption, but better than 7900GTX performance

    Another vote for the 4670 here, it has lower power consumption then the 7900 GTX and is quite a bit more powerful too.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Power Consumption
    By ta2 in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 28-11-2007, 11:43 PM
  2. Real world power consumption.
    By Toobad in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 24-09-2007, 03:24 PM
  3. laptop hard-drive power consumption
    By speardane in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 19-07-2007, 12:50 PM
  4. Power consumption -- hysteria or reality?
    By Hans L in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 11-11-2006, 03:56 PM
  5. Replies: 11
    Last Post: 13-05-2005, 11:29 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •