NVIDIA GeForce GT 430: Cheap DX11 Graphics

Total System Power Consumption

Before bringing this article to a close, we'd like to cover a few final data points--namely power consumption and noise. Throughout all of our benchmarking and testing, we monitored how much power our test system was consuming using a power meter. Our goal was to give you all an idea as to how much power each configuration used while idling and 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.

Total System Power Consumption
Tested at the Outlet

Utilizing 135W while idle at the Windows desktop and 178W under load, the Asus ENGT430 displayed the lowest power consumption out of all the cards we tested. Comparing load results of its direct competitors, the GT 430 used 20% less power than the Radeon HD 5570, and 8% less than the HD 5550. In an idle state, the GT 430 required 14% less power than the competition.

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