Power Consumption

As this is NVIDIA's first 65nm part, it certainly of interest to see how it stacks up to the current line up in terms of power consumption. NVIDIA quotes the max power of the 8800 GT as 105W, but in the real world, we aren't just stressing the GPU. Let's take a look at system power draw under 3dmark 06 (specifically the pixel shader test).

Total System Power Consumption


Total System Power Consumption


The 8800 GT draws less power than anything that competes with it in terms of performance. When G80 hit last year, we made a big deal out of how power related to performance. This card simply blows everything else away in terms of how much little power is needed to attain incredible performance.

8800 GT SLI does draw more power than the 8800 GTX, but it also performs much better in cases where performance scales with SLI. For those who want high performance, power is generally less of an object, but it's good to know that 2x 8800 GT cards won't break the bank like a pair of 2900 XTs in CrossFire.

GeForce 8800 GT MultiGPU Scaling Final Words
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  • DukeN - Monday, October 29, 2007 - link

    This is unreal price to performance - knock on wood; play oblivion at 1920X1200 on a $250 GPU.

    Could we have a benchmark based on the Crysis demo please, how one or two cards would do?

    Also, the power page pics do not show up for some reason (may be the firewall cached it incorrectly here at work).

    Thank you.
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  • Xtasy26 - Monday, October 29, 2007 - link

    Hey Guys,

    If you want to see Crysis benchmarks, check out this link:

    http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquirer/news/2007/1...">http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquirer/.../2007/10...

    The benches are:

    1280 x 1024 : ~ 37 f.p.s.
    1680 x 1050 : 25 f.p.s.
    1920 x 1080 : ~ 21 f.p.s.

    This is on a test bed:

    Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6800 @2.93 GHz
    Asetek VapoChill Micro cooler
    EVGA 680i motherboard
    2GB Corsair Dominator PC2-9136C5D
    Nvidia GeForce 8800GT 512MB/Zotac 8800GTX AMP!/XFX 8800Ultra/ATI Radeon HD2900XT
    250GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 16MB cache
    Sony BWU-100A Blu-ray burner
    Hiper 880W Type-R Power Supply
    Toshiba's external HD-DVD box (Xbox 360 HD-DVD drive)
    Dell 2407WFP-HC
    Logitech G15 Keyboard, MX-518 rat
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  • Xtasy26 - Monday, October 29, 2007 - link

    This game seems real demanding. If it is getting 37 f.p.s. at 1280 x 1024, imagine what the frame rate will be with 4X FSAA enabled combined with 8X Anistrophic Filtering. I think I will wait till Nvidia releases there 9800/9600 GT/GTS and combine that with Intel's 45nm Penryn CPU. I want to play this beautiful game in all it's glory!:) Reply
  • Spuke - Monday, October 29, 2007 - link

    Impressive!!!! I read the article but I saw no mention of a release date. When's this thing available? Reply
  • Spuke - Monday, October 29, 2007 - link

    Ummm.....When can I BUY it? That's what I mean. Reply
  • EODetroit - Monday, October 29, 2007 - link

    Now.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Sub...">http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductLi...18+10696...
    Reply
  • poohbear - Wednesday, October 31, 2007 - link

    when do u guys think its gonna be $250? cheapest i see is $270, but i understand when its first released the prices are jacked up a bit. Reply
  • EateryOfPiza - Monday, October 29, 2007 - link

    I second the request for Crysis benchmarks, that is the game that taxes everything at the moment. Reply
  • DerekWilson - Monday, October 29, 2007 - link

    we actually tested crysis ...

    but there were issues ... not with the game, we just shot ourselves in the foot on this one and weren't able to do as much as we wanted. We had to retest a bunch of stuff, and we didn't get to crysis.
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  • yyrkoon - Monday, October 29, 2007 - link

    Yes, I am glad instead of purchasing a video card, I instead changed motherboard/CPU for Intel vs AMD. I still like my AM2 Opteron system a lot, but performance numbers, and the effortless 1Ghz OC on the ABIT IP35-E/(at $90usd !) was just too much to overlook.

    I can definitely understand your 'praise' as it were when nVidia is now lowering their prices, but this is where these prices should have always been. nVidia, and ATI/AMD have been ripping us, the consumer off for the last 1.5 years or so, so you will excuse me if I do not show too much enthusiasm when they finally lower their prices to where they should be. I do not consider this to be much different than the memory industry over charging, and the consumer getting the shaft(as per your article).

    I am happy though . . .
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