Power Heat and Noise

This is prerelease hardware and software, so we can't really go in depth on these issues until we have something more final. We were told that idle power is not what it will be and so not to test it at all. We did, however look at load power.

Total System Power Consumption under Load 

As for heat, this card doesn't get any hotter to the touch than a single 4870. The HSF is much heavier than either 4870 or 3870 X2, and is very likely the reason the heat doesn't stay in the system.


Hot surface

On the noise front, when gaming it does spin up, but it isn't any louder than the GTX 280 at max fan speed. Again, we'll want to wait until we have final hardware to do quantitative tests on this, but it is nice to see that even the prerelease hardware doesn't go crazy in terms of heat and noise.

Race Driver GRID Performance Final Words
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  • LeftSide - Monday, July 14, 2008 - link

    Hardopc is saying their card has 2gigs, 1gig per core. Are there 2 versions of this card? Reply
  • toyota - Monday, July 14, 2008 - link

    EVERY other review I have seen has been the 2gb models. Reply
  • homerdog - Monday, July 14, 2008 - link

    Same here... Reply
  • GTaudiophile - Monday, July 14, 2008 - link

    AMD: Focus on "Crysis" domination and I'm sold!

    Keep up the good work but keep on working!
    Reply
  • orionmgomg - Monday, July 14, 2008 - link

    Rgr THAT 100%

    That and a 64 bit OS Vista 64 Ultimate for all the memory and DX10
    Reply
  • soydeedo - Monday, July 14, 2008 - link

    AMD: Give me $300 more dollars and I'm sold!

    Also a spelling note on the GRID benchmark page: intreguing
    Reply

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