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When undervolted, which uses less power: 6800GT or 7950GT?

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All I've got for this is a 6800GT and a 7950GT, and I need to use whichever one uses the least power. At stock, the 7950GT supposedly uses less power, but I'm going to be undervolting, and that's my problem. You see, the 6800GT undervolts from 1.3v to 1.1v while the 7950GT only undervolts from 1.35v to 1.25v.

So any idea which GPU would use less power when undervolted? I don't know if it makes a difference, but I'll likely also underclock whichever GPU I end up using.
 
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I'd think the 7950GT would fair better, it's power consumption just blows the 6800GT out of the water.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-radeon-power,2122-6.html

Oh and 8800GS is pretty great card by they way thumb.gif
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I'd think the 7950GT would fair better, it's power consumption just blows the 6800GT out of the water.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-radeon-power,2122-6.html
Oh and 8800GS is pretty great card by they way thumb.gif

The only "blowing out of the water" is the 2D Desktop consumption, and I'm worried more about full load. The 6800GT uses only one and a half more watts than the 7950GT, but the 6800GT undervolts farther...

Also, I'm sticking with the 8800GS for my current PC - this 7950GT vs 6800GT thing is for my father's. thumb.gif
Edited by Nintendo Maniac 64 - 3/9/12 at 1:45pm
 
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The only "blowing out of the water" is the 2D Desktop consumption, and I'm worried more about full load. The 6800GT uses only one and a half more watts than the 7950GT, but the 6800GT undervolts farther...
Also, I'm sticking with the 8800GS for my current PC - this 7950GT vs 6800GT thing is for my father's. thumb.gif

I suppose where 3D is concerned yeah they're pretty close, I must have been looking at the SLI section or something tongue.gif

Still though, can we assume that your dad isn't going to be playing games most of the time?
Also, is it true that the 7950GT uses DDR2 and the 6800GT use DDR3? That would likely play a pretty big roll in power saving.

I was checking out your system specs and I have the 8800GS in my current system as well, although I've gone completely the opposite direction with it and have it overclocked as far as I could get it without volt modding it wink.gif

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The main issue is that, AFAIK, Firefox's hardware acceleration counts as "3D mode" to the GPU.


EDIT: About the 8800GS thing, what's funny that you really gone in the opposite direction more than you know - when undervolted and using drivers v182.50, I can set my fan speed to ZERO and not only will the fan actually turn off but my GPU stays right around "only" 80 degrees. (since it IS a bit high, I have my fan profile set that it does NOT go above 90c when gaming)
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I'm just wondering what the motivation is behind this? Not trolling just curious.
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Paranoid and poor basically. Can't spend money on a PSU, and being as paranoid as I am I want to make absolute sure I don't give the PSU a premature death, being that it's somewhat older (though I don't think it's been used heavily at all).

The PSU in question is only a 300w, but it's a model that's known to actually be able to do 300 watts with pretty good efficiency (~75%) without dying. I would give the exact brand and model, but the brand has been tarnished by a single notoriously bad model they made and therefore most people instinctively think "Kill it with fire!".

Oh, and the CPU is a single core Athlon 64 3500+ (Venice), which only has a TDP of 67w, which I'll likely undervolt as well (and maybe even underclock a bit). Other than that, the only other components inside the PC will be a single DVD burner, an 80GB HDD, a floppy drive, and at most 2 fans.


PSU specs:
  + 5V = 30A
+ 3.3V = 28A
 +12V = 15A
  -12V = 0.8A
+5VSB = 2A

EDIT: Doing some math, the CPU should pull 5.58A max, and Tom's says both GPUs pull ~5.5A at load. That leaves me at 11A at stock settings, with some buffer to account for PSU aging. And according to this calculator, if I underclock the CPU to 2GHz @ 1.1v, TDP drops to 44w, which leave me with 3.66A for a total of ~9A, leaving me with 6 whole amps as a buffer - and that's without factoring in GPU undervolting!

Maybe I'm being overly paranoid after all. tongue.gif
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Do either of these cards do hardware acceleration for Firefox? I though it was the GeForce 8 series and up that did?
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It's only partial acceleration, AKA no Direct2D stuff. But that doesn't matter anyways since I'm gonna be putting XP on this PC, seeing how it'll only have 1.75GB of RAM.
 
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4x4GB Corsair Vengance DDR3 @ 1800MHz 1.504v Crucial M500 480GB SSD RamDisk - adaptive 10GB volatile scratch LG Blu-ray drive 
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Cooler Master X6 Elite with stock fan removed CPU fan: 120mm Arctic F12 PWM @ ~300rpm PSU fan: 120mm Kingwin case fan via PSU fan plug Windows 7 Ultimate - 64bit SP1 
MonitorKeyboardPowerMouse
E772p CRT (Trinitron) @ 79-94hz 1152x864/1280x720 PS/2 Microsoft Internet Keyboard (replaced cord) Antec EA-380D (380w) with stock fan removed Logitech MX510 (blue) with replaced USB cord 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
White Monoprice 9963 IEM headphones [Left ear] LostEarBuds medium single-flange tip [Right ear] Unknown medium single-flange tip Asus Xonar DS 
AudioAudioAudio
Dual SOIC LME49990 DIP8 op amp [music] Foobar2000 + Xonar ASIO driver [games & movies] Razer Synapse 7.1ch to binaural 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Duo (Penryn) T8300 @ 2.4GHz Dell Studio 1535 Intel 965GMA 2GB 667MHz Samsung DDR2 
RAMHard DriveOSMonitor
1GB 667MHz Samsung DDR2 60GB Corsair Force 3 SSD Windows 7 64bit SP1 Toshiba 39L1350U HDTV 
KeyboardPowerMouseMouse Pad
Some USB wireless Logitech keyboard Rocketfish universial power adapter (my cousin's) Some USB wireless Logitech mouse couch 
AudioAudio
HDMI audio-out to HDTV HDTV optical-out to Denon AVR-200 reciever 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Pentium 3 @ 667MHz Some Intel mobo ATI Rage 128 AGP 32MB 2x256MB DDR1 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
1GB Sandisk CF card - boot drive Western Digital Caviar SE - 320GB IDE Maxtor - 200GB IDE RamDisk - adaptive 64MB viotle scratch 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
Athlon XP 2000+ Palomino stock heatsink w/ copp... Windows 2000 Pro SP4 None - VNC is used instead Bestec ATX-250-12Z 
CaseOtherOther
Some super-basic beige case Intel PCI ethernet card Linksys PCI ethernet card 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Pentium G3258 @ 4.6GHz/1.281v (rock-solid stable) MSI Z97 PC Mate [media & productivity] Intel HD graphics [games] Diamond Radeon HD5870 1GB 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
4x4GB Corsair Vengance DDR3 @ 1800MHz 1.504v Crucial M500 480GB SSD RamDisk - adaptive 10GB volatile scratch LG Blu-ray drive 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Cooler Master X6 Elite with stock fan removed CPU fan: 120mm Arctic F12 PWM @ ~300rpm PSU fan: 120mm Kingwin case fan via PSU fan plug Windows 7 Ultimate - 64bit SP1 
MonitorKeyboardPowerMouse
E772p CRT (Trinitron) @ 79-94hz 1152x864/1280x720 PS/2 Microsoft Internet Keyboard (replaced cord) Antec EA-380D (380w) with stock fan removed Logitech MX510 (blue) with replaced USB cord 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
White Monoprice 9963 IEM headphones [Left ear] LostEarBuds medium single-flange tip [Right ear] Unknown medium single-flange tip Asus Xonar DS 
AudioAudioAudio
Dual SOIC LME49990 DIP8 op amp [music] Foobar2000 + Xonar ASIO driver [games & movies] Razer Synapse 7.1ch to binaural 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Duo (Penryn) T8300 @ 2.4GHz Dell Studio 1535 Intel 965GMA 2GB 667MHz Samsung DDR2 
RAMHard DriveOSMonitor
1GB 667MHz Samsung DDR2 60GB Corsair Force 3 SSD Windows 7 64bit SP1 Toshiba 39L1350U HDTV 
KeyboardPowerMouseMouse Pad
Some USB wireless Logitech keyboard Rocketfish universial power adapter (my cousin's) Some USB wireless Logitech mouse couch 
AudioAudio
HDMI audio-out to HDTV HDTV optical-out to Denon AVR-200 reciever 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Pentium 3 @ 667MHz Some Intel mobo ATI Rage 128 AGP 32MB 2x256MB DDR1 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
1GB Sandisk CF card - boot drive Western Digital Caviar SE - 320GB IDE Maxtor - 200GB IDE RamDisk - adaptive 64MB viotle scratch 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
Athlon XP 2000+ Palomino stock heatsink w/ copp... Windows 2000 Pro SP4 None - VNC is used instead Bestec ATX-250-12Z 
CaseOtherOther
Some super-basic beige case Intel PCI ethernet card Linksys PCI ethernet card 
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