Power Consumption & Noise
We'd like to cover a few final data points before bringing this article to a close. Throughout all of our benchmarking and testing, we monitored how much power our test systems were consuming using a power meter. Our goal was to give you an idea as to how much power each configuration used while idling and under a heavy workload. Please keep in mind that we were testing total system power consumption at the outlet here, not just the power being drawn by the graphics cards alone.
Our Core i7 quad-core system consumed 312 watts during load and sipped 249 watts in an idle state. Considering the high end hardware being used, we were pleasantly surprised at the amount of power it required.
We'd also like to point out that the V8750 remained quiet throughout most of the testing. It was almost inaudible over our case fans and we only heard it rev up for a short time while it was under a heavy load during our 3DMark Vantage testing.