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There is always a trade-off between power consumption and performance in the world of 3D graphics cards. If one solution delivers high framerate per second, it most probably consumes significant amount of power, whereas another, which power consumption is minimal, cannot offer really high performance. But Nvidia recently announced that its new technology will meet low power consumption with high performance
http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/video/d...625083756.html
 

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thanks ETP.

I consider it Load scaling for GPUs....
 

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Few systems (even 8800GTX SLI + QX6700) will ever exceed 400 watts of power. I suspect a powersupply with 50-60 Amps could easily handle it. Nvidia and ATI just have to recommend high wattage PSU's because the PSU's performance is bloated.

You can probably run 8800GTX SLI + QX6700 with a TurboCool 510 just fine. I am certain a OP650 / OP750 / Silencer 750 can do it just fine.
 

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So many people always complain about power consumption. well la-de-freakin' da. If you want high performance, expect to buy a big PSU.

It's like someone looking for an old muscle car that generates 500HP, but wants it to get good gas mileage at the same time.

If you'd like to to have huge, high end video cards, then get enough juice to power them and stop whining about paying a little extra in utilities each month.

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PS: Enterprise, I wasn't trying to rag on you. You found an interesting article, and I just wanted to convey my opinion on the subject.
 

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pauldovi & Choggs:

Me? I bought a 700W Power Supply for 7900GTX SLi or 8800GTX SLi. I'm probably not going to go SLi, traditional SLi, more likely more Ram and Raid-0.

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This is important for laptop users and external video cards on the ExpressPort.
 

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That's awesome; maybe SLi on my 700W Power Supply wouldn't be pushing it.


NiNja



sO you mean...

normally, it WOULD?
 

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This is important for laptop users and external video cards on the ExpressPort.

Agreed. Im not sure how much of a ''WOW'' factor it will be for the typical desktop.
 

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Sounds interesting, but it seems rather pointless considering that SLI users want maximum performance, so their PSUs will probably be able to run their setup. I don't imagine that someone wanting SLI will have a weaker PSU.

This will be good if it can automatically switch to power saving mode in 2D, then enable SLI in 3d. I don't see how it can do this without a running process of some sort....something has to give. If they pull it off without that, then kudos!

Also.....who wants SLI in a laptop? Think of the heat output and *gasp* lowered sperm count!
Desktop for gaming
Laptop for entertainment on the go/business
 

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This is nothing new... This is like having a 2D clock speed lower than what is used in 3D, similar to what ATI has done for quite some time.
 

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Some futher reading.... it says that the onboard GPU can assist the primary external GPU. If that is the case, then this should be able to extend on to desktops. SLI may finally be able to run with different video cards. The weaker card helps to boost the primary.
 
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