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Measuring Power Draw

PowerColor's SCS3 HD6850: Radeon HD 6850 Goes Fanless
By , Greg Ryder

Interim Assessment and Important Note:

The power draw of this card is average compared to similar Radeon cards. However, we were not able to finish all power tests because the card went into thermal shutdown when we benchmarked it on an open test rig with two monitors attached. At that point, the power meter already displayed 142 W.

As useful as multi-monitor support may be, without a fan, one simply cannot stress this card to its limits. Therefore, we added an ultra-quiet fan for the rest of the tests. Additionally, we conducted them in both passive mode and with the auxiliary cooler. We’ll elaborate on that later.

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