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Power Consumption (Idle and Gaming)

In order to get an idea of a GPU's power draw, we loop the Unigine Valley 1.0 benchmark (2,560 x 1,400, 'Ultra' detail, no anti-aliasing), which is a very GPU-limited test. We use a watt meter to measure the maximum total system power draw during the test, and also take an idle reading at the Windows desktop (3,840 x 2,160).

Power Consumption

Idle (Windows 8.1 Desktop) and Load (Unigine Valley 1.0)

  • Gigabyte Radeon RX 460 WindForce 2X OC 2GB
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Gaming X 4GB
  • Gigabyte GeForce GTX 950 OC 2GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6GB
  • Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 WindForce OC 3GB
  • Sapphire Radeon RX 470 Nitro OC 4GB
  • Sapphire Radeon RX 480 Nitro OC 4GB
  • Sapphire Radeon RX 480 Nitro OC 8GB
  • Palit GeForce GTX 1070 GameRock Premium Edition 8GB
    • 70
    • 144
    • 66
    • 161
    • 72
    • 196
    • 66
    • 211
    • 68
    • 212
    • 80
    • 282
    • 75
    • 294
    • 76
    • 308
    • 80
    • 312
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System Power Draw in Watts (Lower Is Better)
  • Idle
  • Load

Thermal Performance (Idle and Gaming)

Thermal output is also measured using Unigine's Valley 1.0 benchmark. The GPU is installed in a closed, but fairly well ventilated case (Corsair Graphite 760T) with HDD cages removed and the case fans at full speed. We leave all GPU fan profiles and settings as they come and leave the benchmark running for ten minutes so that temperatures plateau. We record the peak GPU temperature using GPU-Z, and present the data as the delta T (the difference between the GPU temperature and the ambient temperature in our labs). We also take an idle reading at the Windows desktop (3,840 x 2,160).

Temperature

Idle (Windows 8.1 Desktop) and Load (Unigine Valley 1.0)

  • Gigabyte GeForce GTX 950 OC 2GB
  • Gigabyte Radeon RX 460 WindForce 2X OC 2GB
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Gaming X 4GB
  • Palit GeForce GTX 1070 GameRock Premium Edition 8GB
  • Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 WindForce OC 3GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6GB
  • Sapphire Radeon RX 480 Nitro OC 4GB
  • Sapphire Radeon RX 480 Nitro OC 8GB
  • Sapphire Radeon RX 470 Nitro OC 4GB
    • 5
    • 43
    • 19
    • 43
    • 19
    • 45
    • 23
    • 48
    • 25
    • 54
    • 10
    • 56
    • 20
    • 57
    • 22
    • 57
    • 26
    • 59
0
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Delta T in °C (Lower Is Better)
  • Idle
  • Load

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