Originally Posted by revlimiter
I am just wondering if GPU power consumption will get higher or lower in the future as time goes on? Will there ever be a need to run a 1000w in order to run a single video card (with our without dual GPUs on the card)?
Just trying to get a feel for how future proof my sig rig PSU is for non-SLI & crossfire video card setup.
Well not entirely true that power consumption will grow with every new series. Just look at both AMD 5000 to 6000 series and Nvidia 400 to 500 series. BOTH were improved to run with less power consumption at greater efficiency and in return lower heat dissipation than it predecessor.
As architecture changes it may yield higher power consumption but with room for improvement yet again as it matures. So again not entirely the case that you'll require more watts per video card.
The main question to future proof yourself is try to figure out if your a mid-level or high-end graphic user and get yourself enough watts on your PSU to run two cards. For example, I could have chosen a 750watt PSU to run one GTX 580 very easily. Even run a second lower end card for Phsyx. I saw myself adding a second card and chose to purchase a 1000 watt PSU so I could if / when that becomes reality by next year should I decide to do it.
If your thinking of mid-level cards then you can get yourself 800 watts buy one card now knowing your going to be able to SLI or Crossfire the second mid-level card without any problems and still leave yourself head room for your other components.