Power Consumption, Noise, and Temps
Before bringing this article to a close, we'd like to cover a couple of final data points -- namely, power consumption and noise. Throughout all of our benchmarking and testing, we monitored acoustics and tracked how much power our test system was consuming using a power meter. Our goal was to give you an idea of how much power each configuration used while idling and also while 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.
The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 960 G1 gaming was one of the more power friendly cards we tested. Under both idle and load conditions, the card consumed only slightly more power than the more affordable GeForce GTX 950, which was released a few weeks back.
The card also ran cool and quite. While idling the GPU hovered in the low-40 degree range, and made no noise whatsoever because the fans on the Windforce 3X cooler spun down completely. Under load, GPU temps only increased to the mid-60s, at which point the fans on the card spun up, but still remained very quiet.