|Foxconn GeForce 9500 GT G96 Video Card|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Friday, 15 August 2008|
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GeForce 9800 GT Temperatures
Benchmark Reviews has a very popular guide written on How To Overclock the NVIDIA GeForce Series video card, but it was published shortly after the 8th generation of GeForce products was launched. Currently we are preparing for a more updated article, with additional information on shader overclocking and temperature control as the newest 9th generation GeForce products are made available. Once published you can expect more detailed information than what is shown below, as for now the temperatures depicted are GPU core temperatures at idle and under load.
To begin my testing, I used ATITool v0.26 to record GPU temperatures at idle and again at high-power 3D mode. The ambient room temperature was a comfortable 20.0°C and the inner-case temperature hovered around 33°C. The Foxconn GeForce 9500 GT G96 video card recorded a very cool 40°C in idle 2D mode, and increased to only 65°C in full 3D mode. Overall, it surprised me that the G96 GPU didn't get hotter since the fan-sink was so small in comparison to other G9x coolers..
As the temperature would slowly rise, I did not hear any audible difference in fan noise from the video card. Perhaps 65°C is not enough load to trigger an increase in fan power stepping, or perhaps the video BIOS doesn't offer it at all. Either way, the temperatures were low enough that the GeForce 9500 GT would do well in both desktop and HTPC chassis enclosures.
GeForce 9500 GT Power Consumption
It's becoming difficult to dodge the "doom and gloom" talks these days. Planet Earth is needs our help, badly. With forests becoming barren of vegetation and snow capped poles quickly turning brown, the technology industry has a new attitude towards suddenly becoming "green". I'll spare you the powerful marketing hype that I get from various manufacturers every day in press releases, and get right to the point: your CPU has been doing a lot more to save the planet than your GPU has... until now. Below is a chart with the isolated video card power consumption (isolated component - not total system) displayed in Watts for each specified test product:
* Results are accurate to within +/- 5W.
After glancing at our power consumption chart, one might determine that electrical demand rises with performance. However with video cards like the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 offering much better performance than the less efficient GeForce 8800 GTX, you can see that efficiency and consumption are not relative to frame rates.
But if you consider the performance we've seen thus far from the 9500 GT, then it's fitting that it ranks at the bottom (although that's a good thing in this particular case). Something that did surprise me was how close the GeForce 9500 GT came in power consumption to the drastically overclocked ZOTAC GeForce 8800 GT. At any rate, with only 30W consumed at idle and 104W under load, the Foxconn 9500 GT isn't going to have a heavy impact on power bills.
Please continue to the review conclusion in the next section, where I share my final thoughts on the G96 graphics processor and give my opinion of the new GeForce 9500 GT product offering.