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ASUS EAH4890 TOP HTDI/1GD5/A Radeon HD 4890 Rev. B Videocard Review

ASUS EAH4890 TOP HTDI/1GD5/A Radeon HD 4890 Rev. B Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The ASUS EAH4890 TOP HTDI/1GD5/A videocard ships with its ATI 'R790' GPU running at 850MHz, and its 1GB of GDDR5 memory clocked to a respectable 975MHz, or effectively 3.9GHz (quad-pumped means 4x975= 3.9GHz).
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External Mfg. Website: ASUS Sep 19 2009   Julian Apong  
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Videocard Power Consumption Measurements

Environmentally friendly computer hardware is a growing trend, and while performance videocards are usually the worst power-hogs the situation is steadily improving. The ASUS EAH4890 TOP uses 8-pin and 6-pin PCI Express power connectors in addition to the power it draws from the PCI Express x16 slot (total card power ~190W).

This is a little less complicated than high-end videocards that demand the less common 8-pin PCI Express connector. Let's take a look at how much power the ASUS EAH4890 draws in a typical computer system.

Total System Power Draw Comparisons

Here's how the ASUS EAH 4890 TOP HTDI/1GD5/A videocard stacks up in real life against a couple different cards. PCSTATS measures total system power draw and compares that in 3D loaded (max value recorded in 3DMark06) and idle states (at Windows desktop).

The power supply used in each test is an A-PFC compliant PC Power and Cooling 750W model.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportVideocard Power Consumption (Total System Power Draw)
Idle at Desktop Points Ranking
Palit HD4870 X2 2GB 177
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A 153
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A (Crossfire) 222
MSI R3870X2-T2D1G-OC 165
Asus EAH4890 HTDI/1GD5/A (rev.A) 138
Asus EAH4890 HTDI/1GD5/A 137
Asus EAH4850 HTDI/512M 120
MSI R4830 T2D512-OC (Radeon 4830) 108
Gigabyte GV-R477D5-512HB 135
Gigabyte GV-R477D5-512HB Crossfire 180
Asus EAH4770 FML/DI/512MD5/A 105
Asus EAH4770 HTDI/512MD5/A 101
Gigabyte GV-R435OC-512I 79
Diamond Viper Radeon HD 2900XT CrossFire 195
Asus EAX1900XTX 2DHTV/512M/A 160
Asus EAX1950PRO/HTDP/256M/A 150
ASUS ENGTX260 MT/HTDI/896MD3-A 135
Gigabyte GV-N26OC896H-GA 112
Sparkle GTX260 Core 216 140
ASUS ENGTS250 DK 120
ASUS ENGTS250 DK in SLI 170
ASUS EN9600GT DI/512MD3/A 86
Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI 96
nVidia Geforce 9600GTs in SLI 166
Asus EN9600GT Top/HTDI/512M 152
Palit Geforce 9600GT 512 151
ASUS EN9400GT DI/1GLP 85
MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E 196
MSI NX7950GX2-T2D1GE 183
MSI NX7900GTX-T2D512E 165
Gigabyte GV-NX76T256D-RH 140
3D Loaded: Points Ranking
Palit HD4870 X2 2GB 421
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A 390
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A (Crossfire) 610
MSI R3870X2-T2D1G-OC 330
Asus EAH4890 HTDI/1GD5/A (rev.A) 244
Asus EAH4890 HTDI/1GD5/A 225
Asus EAH4850 HTDI/512M 202
MSI R4830 T2D512-OC (Radeon 4830) 177
Gigabyte GV-R477D5-512HB 186
Gigabyte GV-R477D5-512HB Crossfire 279
Asus EAH4770 FML/DI/512MD5/A 158
Asus EAH4770 HTDI/512MD5/A 153.3
Gigabyte GV-R435OC-512I 109
Diamond Viper Radeon HD 2900XT CrossFire 549
Asus EAX1900XTX 2DHTV/512M/A 333
Asus EAX1950PRO/HTDP/256M/A 252
ASUS ENGTX260 MT/HTDI/896MD3-A 277
Gigabyte GV-N26OC896H-GA 215
Sparkle GTX260 Core 216 262
ASUS ENGTS250 DK 214
ASUS ENGTS250 DK in SLI 316
ASUS EN9600GT DI/512MD3/A 148
Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI 160
nVidia Geforce 9600GTs in SLI 313
Asus EN9600GT Top/HTDI/512M 220
Palit Geforce 9600GT 512 221
ASUS EN9400GT DI/1GLP 109
MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E 345
MSI NX7950GX2-T2D1GE 315
MSI NX7900GTX-T2D512E 277
Gigabyte GV-NX76T256D-RH 213

The power draw of the Asus EAH4890 TOP videocard at idle is pretty much the same as the other Radeon HD 4890 graphics cards PCSTATS tested previously. Under load the power spikes up to 244W, which is still quite manageable, and noticeably less than Asus' Geforce GTX 260 videocard. Asus new electrical system does seem to need a little more power than the old one, however.

While the Asus EAH4890 TOP does require dual power connectors, those really seem like they're more for stability during voltage modification rather than to supply huge amounts of power. The overall power draw for this videocard is quite reasonable.

Next up PCSTATS overclocks the ASUS EAH4890 HTDI/1GD5/A, boosts the GPU voltage, then overclock it some more!

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Contents of Article: ASUS EAH4890 TOP HTDI/1GD5/A
 Pg 1.  ASUS EAH4890 TOP HTDI/1GD5/A Radeon HD 4890 Rev. B Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  ATI Radeon HD 4890 Core Technologies
 Pg 3.  — Videocard Power Consumption Measurements
 Pg 4.  Overclocking the HD4890 GPU to 1GHz!
 Pg 5.  Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark06
 Pg 6.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage
 Pg 7.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Stalker, Crysis
 Pg 8.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Call of Juarez
 Pg 9.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Lost Planet
 Pg 10.  Videocard Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 11.  AA/AF tests: Far Cry 2
 Pg 12.  AA/AF tests: Crysis and Conclusions

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