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Is it possible to use my ATI X1300 that I found as my primary GPU whilst keeping my 7950 in Zero Core Power State?

I watch a lot of moves etc... and the X1300 would draw less power than my 7950 so it would be more ideal.

Would it work?
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A 7950 in ZeroCore eats the same power as a X1300 idling wink.gif
   
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A 7950 in ZeroCore eats the same power as a X1300 idling wink.gif

Using my watt meter that my computer is plugged in to, my computer does 30-35W less when my 7950 goes in Zero Core.

The X1300 I have doesn't have a PCI-E Power connector, and it's very small.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Atomfix View Post

Using my watt meter that my computer is plugged in to, my computer does 30-35W less when my 7950 goes in Zero Core.

The X1300 I have doesn't have a PCI-E Power connector, and it's very small.

The 7950 in ZeroCore pulls 15W from the 12V rails, while the X1300 pulls 15W from the PCIe connector while idling.

Seriously, for the hassle involved (switching video outputs, having two cards inside the computer, and having an additional fan working), it is not worth 25-30W.

I used to run a dual card setup for that purpose aswell, a X1600 Pro with a 8800GT and later on a X1600 Pro with the HD5870, and after using it for a few weeks I concluded it simply wasn't worth it.

It turned out to be more efficient to simply set up deeper sleep states on the Thuban (modifying the idle state to run with less voltage and at less corespeed) to achieve said power savings than switching GPUs.

And I'm talking of a much larger power consumption difference between my case and yours... The 7950 eats WAY less power at ZeroCore than my idling HD5870 did, thumb.gif
   
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Fair enough, I won't bother for now, and just save it for a server setup
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Fair enough, I won't bother for now, and just save it for a server setup

Ironically, mine ended on the Opteron server too lachen.gif

The 8800GT was WAY too loud thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif
   
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Ironically, mine ended on the Opteron server too lachen.gif

The 8800GT was WAY too loud thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif

We both have the side idea then rolleyes.gif
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