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I started keeping track of wattage on my folding rigs right after I got my first electric bill. The charts below are my notes on all the GPUs I have tested.

Note 1: This is not specific GPU wattage. Its total system wattage measured with a AmWatt Load Tester at the wall. Therefore this information
should only be used as a reference when looking to purchase new GPUs.

Note 2: I overclocked the shaders on all the GPUs, but left the core and memory at stock. Overclocking just the shaders resulted in an increase anywhere from 5W(9600GT) to 25W(GTX295).

Note 3: To measure average wattage I recorded wattage for multiple WUs. Although the following tests do not include the 472/1888WUs. These WUs do not force a steady load on the GPU making measurements very difficult.

Note 4: Results for the 9800GX2/GTX295 are based on both cores folding simultaneously.

Note 5: Tests Pending: 3X GT240/3X GTS250/GTX470

My test rig:

Intel E4300@ Stock
ASUS P5N32-E(680i)
1 DIMM Corsair 2GB RAM
Seventeam ST-850ZAF PSU
4 Scythe GTs (1850RPM Model)

Results:

Google Spreadsheet


PPD/Watt

Note: For this measurement I took the PPD from a 353WU and divided it by the wattage for the same WU. The 353WU has been in use since I started folding and doesnt seem to favor older or newer GPUs. Again this is only intended as a reference.

Google Spreadsheet

I hope this information will help folders make smarter choices when looking for their next folding GPU.
Edited by franz - 5/31/10 at 4:47pm
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very good! i am waiting to see those 275 mine draw a little since they are OCX versions but this give as an idea of the real power needed!
keep up the good work
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Nice guide. A bit over my head, but will be pretty handy for others.
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Brilliant work Franz. This should go a long way to help others make practical and efficient choices when putting together folding rigs. +Rep.
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Interpolation what happened to you? you did not do any points lately...
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Would love to see how a GTX 280 does. Might buy a used Evga GTX 280 off another guy. Either that, or I wait till the rest of the Fermi's come out, and they start selling their old GTX2xx series at a lower price.

Nice guide, good job!
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Long overdue update of main page. Including GTX275/295 and 9800GX2 specs.
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wow I need a few gt240's
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Just finished testing my single GTX470. With the current GPU3 WUs, despite using the most power, it has the best PPD/watt of any single core GPU. Albeit I have not tested a GTX480 or GTX285 yet.

Just thought you should all know.
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