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I am a heat nazi. And a power nazi.

I currently have a 4870. I love the performance, and the temps don't get past 50C, but this thing draws a lot of power whether it is in 2D or 3D mode.

Is there cards with same performance and lower power requirements?

Or should I be looking into onboard graphics I can switch to when not gaming.. If that's possible.
post #2 of 7
I think this should help

http://www.overclock.net/graphics-ca...ion-chart.html

EDIT:

So maybe a 6870 would do you well?
Edited by mib2347 - 3/16/11 at 2:31am
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Switching back and forth from Onboard to PCI is only done through the BIOS.
As for the Power issues, is it hampering your system in some way? Otherwise the card is fine 50C is very good under a load and if you are noticing screen tear or artifacting during gaming i would suggest investing in a higher wattage PSU, however i run a 460GTX OC just fine with a 650W.
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Using the card I recommended, this may interest you too

http://www.overclock.net/ati/859933-...enchmarks.html
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For a newer build I'm looking to move down to 550W(for the Rosewin LZP-550W).

May I ask what the temps are on your card? I also see that nVidia cards usually consume much less power while idle.. Hmm!

I have a cruel evil step dad who harass's me all the time about the electricity bill and I figured I would please him by investing in an extremely efficient system.

And thank you both for the help. That thread is pretty much perfect.
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I assume you aren't asking me about my temps

I just cover up the noise from the fan with my headphones, otherwise 80% fan can be loud. That said, it never goes above 75c with the fan at 70-80%
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Skip on that psu. You may want to look at the 6850/6870 or 450/460/560.

Any good brand (seasonic, corsair, antec etc) 500W PSU will run your system just fine. Look for the 80+ models if you are looking to save energy.
 
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