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ASUS ENGTS250 DK Geforce GTS 250 Videocard Review

ASUS ENGTS250 DK Geforce GTS 250 Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: ASUS's ENGTS250 DK videocard should draw less power and produce less heat than the Geforece 9800GTX+, and in this case makes use of a very nice and pretty quiet heatsink.
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External Mfg. Website: ASUS Apr 16 2009   Max Page  
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Videocard Power Consumption Measurements

Here's how the ASUS ENGTS250 DK 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 Report Total System Power Consumption
Idle at Desktop Watts 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 137
Asus EAH4850 HTDI/512M 120
MSI R4830 T2D512-OC (Radeon 4830) 108
Diamond Viper Radeon HD 2900XT CrossFire 195
Asus EAX1900XTX 2DHTV/512M/A 160
Asus EAX1950PRO/HTDP/256M/A 150
Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI 96
nVidia Geforce 9600GTs in SLI 166
Asus EN9600GT Top/HTDI/512M 152
Palit Geforce 9600GT 512 151
MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E 196
MSI NX7950GX2-T2D1GE 183
MSI NX7900GTX-T2D512E 165
Gigabyte GV-NX76T256D-RH 140
3D Loaded: Watts 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 225
Asus EAH4850 HTDI/512M 202
MSI R4830 T2D512-OC (Radeon 4830) 177
Diamond Viper Radeon HD 2900XT CrossFire 549
Asus EAX1900XTX 2DHTV/512M/A 333
Asus EAX1950PRO/HTDP/256M/A 252
Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI 160
nVidia Geforce 9600GTs in SLI 313
Asus EN9600GT Top/HTDI/512M 220
Palit Geforce 9600GT 512 221
MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E 345
MSI NX7950GX2-T2D1GE 315
MSI NX7900GTX-T2D512E 277
Gigabyte GV-NX76T256D-RH 213
(OC) 3D Loaded: Points Ranking

Overall power draw under idle puts the Geforce GTS 250 and AMD Radeon HD 4850 based systems right on par with each other, while under 3D load the Geforce GTS250 sucks a few watts more than the Radeon. In SLI configuration a pair of Geforce GTS 250 videocards will definitely start putting stress on older power supplies, so before investing in multiple videocards it might be a good idea to take a look at more robust power supplies .

Heat and Noise Observations

The Geforce GTS 250 heatsink is a combination of stacked aluminium fins, with 4 heat pipes that lead to a copper base, similar to third-party designs made by manufacturers like Zalman and Thermalright. The overall design provides quieter cooling that the nVidia reference design, and should keep the GPU temperatures lower as well.

One possible drawback to this design is that hot air isn't vented out through the card's I/O panel and out of the PC case. In some situations this means that while the heatpipes and aluminium fins are keeping the GPU cool, the overall ambient temperature inside the computer case will rise. As long as your case has decent airflow though this design will likely be cooler and quieter than a stock Geforce GTS 250 videocard.

Another benefit of this design is that it's significantly easier to clean; the heat-shroud design used by most Geforce graphics card needs to be disassembled in order to remove built-up dust, the Asus ENGTS250 DK can be serviced every 6-months or so much more easily. For the best method of keeping your PC hardware and fans clean and dust-free, check out this PCSTATS Guide.

Next up PCSTATS overclocks the Asus ENGTS250 DK, then overclocks it some more under SLI!

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Contents of Article: ASUS ENGTS250 DK
 Pg 1.  ASUS ENGTS250 DK Geforce GTS 250 Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  nVidia G92 GeForce GTS 250 Core
 Pg 3.  — Videocard Power Consumption Measurements
 Pg 4.  Overclocking the quick Asus Videocard
 Pg 5.  Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark06
 Pg 6.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage, Crysis
 Pg 7.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Call of Juarez
 Pg 8.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Lost Planet
 Pg 9.  Videocard Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 10.  Advanced Videocard Benchmarks: Quake 4, FEAR
 Pg 11.  Advanced Video card Benchmarks: Crysis, Quake

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