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[Tom's] What Do High-End Graphics Cards Cost In Terms Of Electricity?

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This is a geeky article where Tom's german reviewers create 3 usage profiles for high end graphics cards. They test most cards from under 200$ to the GTX 580 as they would be used by a gamer, enthusiast and the average user and compute the cost of electricity consumed by these cards per year.

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So its costing me 4 cents/day to play TF2. I can live with that.
    
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I'm surprised to the fact why people can't easily figure this out on their own..
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Quote:
Originally Posted by beers View Post
I'm surprised to the fact why people can't easily figure this out on their own..
Too much math
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They make it seem like it's a big deal, but a space heater takes up way more electricity. Though I think some of the rigs on here could serve double duty as one...

I did the math a while ago and my computer was costing a few cents a day. Plenty of things in your house will be more expensive than that.
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I doubt anyone will see this and decide to buy a lesser card due to the price of energy per year. If anything its the retail purchase price that will put people off.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by heraisu View Post
Your hyperbole fails.
Also, your trolling fails, nice flame bait attempt, don't you have anything better to do?
Actually he makes a good point. Its like a teen that would defend his car to no end, even if the body panels were falling off.. as soon as they get something better, that last card/car was a pos. Unfortunately this happens in both GPU manufacturer's worlds at some point. It just happened to be most recently an nvidia card (afaik) and that but hurt you



Anyway, its a good test, and clearly alot of people wouldn't consider how much power they are using.. until you smell that electric/capacitor burning smell of tortured PSU
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The problem, for me, isn't the actual power usage of the rig - it's when it compounds in the summer. Fighting the AC is what really hurts.

I used to run a GTX280 and having that thing (still up near the 480 in terms of wattage) at load during the summer months was ridiculous. The AC would cycle on twice as often and it just butchered the electrical bill.
    
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The problem, for me, isn't the actual power usage of the rig - it's when it compounds in the summer. Fighting the AC is what really hurts.

I used to run a GTX280 and having that thing (still up near the 480 in terms of wattage) at load during the summer months was ridiculous. The AC would cycle on twice as often and it just butchered the electrical bill.
^ This - And to further destroy the theory of saved heating cost,you figure alot of us still use gas for heat-so you don't get much electrical savings anyways.
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This is one part that doesn't make much sense:

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Interim Conclusion

The most expensive high-end cards should not automatically be the first choice for avid gamers! Instead, buying just as much performance as you really need for smooth frame rates (maybe with overclocking headroom) means that the money saved on a lower purchase price and energy consumption will make it much easier to afford yet another new graphics card next year. The high operational costs of an expensive flagship graphics card make this harder.
They rationalize that you ought to buy a lower-consumption card, and can then overclock it if you need the performance--doesn't this go against any power consumption calculations? Also, once you start overclocking, it's rarely a direct linear relationship between power consumed beyond stock and the performance gained beyond stock--typically there's that nice exponential relationship between power required vs. overclock achievable. Not to mention that you might be pushing the thresholds of the cooler on the component, etc.

I think the article overlooks the fact that few enthusiasts--or even the "avid gamer"--care about the actual cost in electricity it takes to power a certain graphics card, and more about general heat output, temperatures, and the hassles it generates. At least, that's the take I'd put on it if my message were geared towards the enthusiasts and people who would be interested in such graphics cards.

It's cool to see actual numbers--regardless of how they were arrived at.

That being said, I've never really cared much about temperatures so long as I don't encounter thermally-induced throttling... And I don't really care so much about how much juice my computer(s) use--it's nearly insignificant to the consumption of other household appliances.
    
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