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Mar
4
2014

NVIDIA Power Efficiency Test : Tesla to Maxwell, Performance per Watt

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Power draw is a major issue when it comes to gaming computers. That is why graphics card manufacturers have been striving to create more powerful cards that draw less power. With the release of the new Maxwell architecture, we thought we would compare the performance-per-watt of the last four generations to see just how NVIDIA has improved its performance.

Test Bench

Motherboard     ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition
CPU     Intel 4960X at 4.6GHz
Memory     32GB Corsair Dominator Platinum 1866MHz
Hard Drive     250GB Western Digital Velociraptor
Power Supply     Corsair ATX 1200i Power Supply

To test the cards performance, we used Unigine's Sanctuary benchmark set to high detail, no anti-aliasing, Direct X10 with a resolution of 1080p.

Results

As you can see, the generation gaps show that performance per watt is definitely increasing dramatically. With the GTX 280 based on the Tesla architecture, the card was only able to achieve 0.3 fps per watt. When we jumped to the Fermi architecture, the GTX 480 got 0.5 fps. The Kepler architecture is what truly began NVIDIA's goal to improve performance without increasing the wattage. The GeForce GTX 680 was able to get 0.9 fps per watt and the GTX 780 Ti was able to achieve 1.3 fps.

Being that there is currently no high-end Maxwell cards out at the moment, we had to settle with the GTX 750 series. In our test the new Maxwell architecture was able to get the GTX 750 Ti to 1.7 fps per watt. If you compare the GTX 750 Ti to the GTX 280, the 750 Ti shows a 460% improvement in the fps per watt department.

Other Data

Albeit the GTX 280 is incapable of tessellation, it achieved a score of 526 with 20.9 fps. The GTX 480 showed a score of 847 with 33.6 fps, or a 61% increase in performance. The GTX 580 received a score of 1020 with 40.5 fps, a 20% increase in performance. The GTX 680 achieve a score of 1340 with 53.2 fps, an increase of 31%. Lastly, the GTX 780 posted an overall score of 1884 with 74.8 fps, a 41% increase. When comparing the GTX 280 to the GTX 780, there is an insane 258% or 3.5x increase in performance.

Conclusion

Our tests have shown that NVIDIA's goal to increase performance without adding power draw is becoming a reality. When the new high-end Maxwell cards get released, we'll be sure to add those into the mix.

What are your thoughts on NVIDIA upgraded architectures? Leave your comments in the section below!

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