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Turning off the video card and using onboard graphics?

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My GTS 250 is wasting too much power when idle, so is there any way to use onboard graphics WITHOUT unplugging my graphics card?

When I plug my monitor into the onboard port, nothing happens, but when I remove my gts 250, which is a pain to do, then it works.
    
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I know you can do it from the BIOS but from the OS with 3rd party software I dont think so
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NVIDIA had something called HybridPower (NVIDIA IGP + NVIDIA GPU) but it was dropped since their chipset division died and limited features.

However, it evolved into Optimus (Intel IGP + NVIDIA GPU) but this is for laptops/netbooks.

The GTS250 doesn't use that much power idle... less than 30w.


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I know you can do it from the BIOS but from the OS with 3rd party software I dont think so
You can't from BIOS.


Some high-end motherboads do have physical jumpers to disable PCIe slots. This would do it but would require a reboot.
Edited by DuckieHo - 12/30/10 at 9:00am
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Wait... 30watts on idle? It is 167 here! http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...0,2172-10.html
    
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Wait... 30watts on idle? It is 167 here! http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...0,2172-10.html
You're misreading. That graph is COMPLETE system power measured at the wall outlet.
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You're misreading. That graph is COMPLETE system power measured at the wall outlet.
NO WAY! My GTS 250 is so power efficient! Thanks for the heads up.
    
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yeah i was gonna say what the.. my 250 doesn't use anywhere near that
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GTS250 TDP is 150w, idle is around 35w to 40w, average is 95w, and peak around 120w.
Edited by linskingdom - 12/30/10 at 9:19am
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GTS250 TDP is 150w, idle is around 35w to 40w, average is 95w, and peak around 120w.
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