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November 07, 2008



does ati have better power management? because i have a 400watts power supply with a 4850 running better than fine. m

Adam A. Wanderer

How far off are more power efficient chips and more efficient cooling systems? Every company I read about brags how it's chips, boards and cooling are so far ahead of any other company, I thought all this had been "solved" ages ago! Or, were all those "breakthroughs" just hype or too expensive to manufacture? Perhaps we need a way to turn off optimizations automatically when a problem happens, and remember the lower power consuming setting the next time the PC is turned on.


@ mark

The Radeon HD4850 does indeed use less power under full load than the GeForce GTX260, and significantly less than the GeForce GTX280 and GeForce 8800 Ultra. See http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-4850,1957-20.html

The Radeon HD4870 consumes more power under full load than the GeForce GTX260 (although the HD4870 is quieter and it's heat is vented outside the computer case), but less than the GeForce GTX280 and GeForce 8800 Ultra. See http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-4870,1964-15.html and http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-4870,1964-16.html

However the reason for your stability could be due to the fact that you are running the ATI core and not the NV core described in the article above. I don't know if Stanford has made similar code optimisations in the ATI core or not.


Good luck! I like the idea of the smart client deciding which optimizations to use...or even one that lets the user disable optimizations.


Nevermind about the user control, just read your forum post.


I have a eVGA GTX280 SuperClocked, and I've rated it to draw spikes of 392watts! I also was only able to monitor the draw on the PICe power adapters, I cannot rate the draw (if any) that it's pulling through my pcie slot. Since I rated my GPU to have that high of a draw, and I also noticed that it's a very inconsistent load. My GTX280 seems to draw in spikes, and bursts while running FAH GPU2 core. Now I installed a Thermotake AUX 450W PCIe 2.0 PSU, releaving all power stress from my primary PSU. Also the AUX PSU is 80%+ efficiant, and does shut down when my GPU is idle. As an added bonus the +12vdc lights on the fron of it are perfect activity LEDs for my GPU. :-)


I don't think so. I get unstable machine or EUE after screen blink for one ot two times, because I start VLC player, which also use videocard. This happen quite accidentally however. But when I use visualization on protein this is almost sure, that end with one of this two messages, besides the PC grafics freeze often.


I found out about folding@home when it downloaded with my ATI drivers. It wouldn't let me unselect it, and I was pretty excited when I figured out what it was. So yes, I imagine they've got code running on the HD4870s now! =)


I get more EUE now with the 1.19 code than I did with previous versions and I have a 8800GT with a 450W power supply. Never had a problem until this new "unoptimized" code.

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