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ASUS GTX 580 Review

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Testing:

Power Consumption of the system will be measured in both idle states and loaded states and will take into account the peak voltage of the system with each video card installed. I will use MSI Kombuster to load the GPU for a 15 minute test and use the peak load of the system as my result for the maximum load. The idle results will be measured after 15 minutes of inactivity on the system. For load testing the GTX 580, I will once again use Crysis Warhead run at 2560x1600 using the mainstream setting with 8xAA looping the Frost benchmark scenario.

Settings

  • MSI Kombuster Stability test
  • 1920x1200 Resolution
  • 8XAA
  • 15 minute load test
  • 15 minute idle test
  • Measurement is in Watts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
   

Lower = Better

 

When run at the stock speeds and voltage levels, the ASUS GTX 580 mirrors the results of the reference card. When overclocked and over-volted, the idle current draw is similar, but the load current draw jumps dramatically from that seen on the reference card. This gives you a good indication of the increased current demands that overclocking this high end card will pull from the wall. This will put additional demands on the cooling as well, as was seen in the temperature testing.




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