November 8, 2006 General 0

Ok this is nuts.  The newest video cards are now using as much power by themselves as some entire systems.  I quote form the article:

“Two power six-pin connectors means that the card gets 2x75W from the
cables plus an additional 75W from the PCIe bus. This brings total
power consumption to an earth-heating 225W.”

My entire system doesn’t use that much.  I have several servers that the whole box uses less than this card.  This is beyond’s completely unneeded.

*update* So far the power draw is only 5w extra under load but 30 extra at idle. That’s still a ton considering what systems even a few years ago were drawing.