Hardware Setup | Power Consumption
Installation of any of the AMD Radeon cards is really easy. Once the card is seated into the PC make sure you hook up the monitor and of course any external power connectors like 6 and/or 8-pin PEG power connectors. Preferably get yourself a power supply that has these PCIe PEG connectors native (converting them from a Molex Peripheral connector anno 2014 definitely is a no-go).
Remember what we told you about your PSU requerements, if you have multiple 12V rails on your PSU, make sure that each 8-pin connector is on a different 12V rail. A very safe margin per rail is 15 AMPs per one of the four 8-pin power connector. We have seen the complete PC draw over 700W Watts, a 900 Watt PSU as such is the minimum we recommend. More on that later on this page though.
Once done, we boot into Windows, install the latest AMD Catalyst drivers and after a reboot all should be working. No further configuration is required or needed unless you like to tweak the settings, for which you can open the Catalyst Control Center.
Let's have a look at how much power draw we measure with this graphics card installed. The methodology: we have a device constantly monitoring the power draw from the PC. We simply stress the GPU, not the processor. The before and after wattage will tell us roughly how much power a graphics card is consuming under load. Our test system is based on a power hungry six-core Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition Sandy Bridge-E based setup on the X79 chipset platform. This setup is overclocked to 4.60 GHz on all cores. Next to that we have energy saving functions disabled for this motherboard and processor (to ensure consistent benchmark results). We'll be calculating the GPU power consumption here, not the total PC power consumption.
- System in IDLE = 139W
- System Wattage with GPU in FULL Stress = 708W
- Difference (GPU load) = 569W
- Add average IDLE wattage ~20W
- Subjective obtained GPU power consumption = ~ 589 Watts
Mind you that the system wattage is measured at the wall socket side and there are other variables like PSU power efficiency. So this is a calculated value not a precise measurement, albeit a very good one.
Above, we have a chart of relative power consumption. Again, the Wattage shown is the card with the GPU(s) stressed 100%, showing only the peak GPU power draw, not the power consumption of the entire PC and not the average gaming power consumption either.
|TDP in KWh
|2 hrs day
|4 hrs day
|Graphics card measured TDP
|Cost 5 days per week / 4 hrs day
|Cost per Month
|Cost per Year 5 days week / 4 hrs day / €
|Cost per Year 5 days week / 4 hrs day / $
Here is Guru3D's power supply recommendation:
- TUL R9-290X x2 Devil 13 - On your average system the card requires you to have a 900~1000 Watt power supply unit.
- TUL R9-290X x2 Devil 13 Crossfire - On your average system the cards require you to have a 1500 or higher Watt power supply unit as minimum.
If you are going to overclock the GPU or processor, then we do recommend you purchase something with some more stamina. There are many good PSUs out there, please do have a look at our many PSU reviews as we have loads of recommended PSUs for you to check out in there. What would happen if your PSU can't cope with the load:
- Bad 3D performance
- Crashing games
- Spontaneous reset or imminent shutdown of the PC
- Freezing during gameplay
- PSU overload can cause it to break down
Let's move to the next page where we'll look into GPU heat levels and noise levels coming from this graphics card.