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Palit RTX 2080 GameRock Premium 8GB Review

We have recently revamped our GPU power consumption testing. Previously we would measure the total system power draw with each graphics card installed. Given that the rest of the components did not change, this gave us an idea of the relative power consumption of each graphics card, but we could not be more specific than that.

Now, however, thanks to Cybenetics Labs and its Powenetics Project, we are able to measure the power consumption of the graphics card alone, giving much more precise and accurate data. Essentially, this works by installing sensors in the PCIe power cables, as well as the PCIe slot itself thanks to a special riser card. This data is recorded using specialist software provided by Cybenetics Labs and given it polls multiple times a second (between 6 and 8 times a second, based on my observations) we can track the power consumption in incredible detail over any given amount of time.

You can read more about the Powenetics Project over HERE.

As with previous testing, a reading under load comes from running the 3DMark Fire Strike Ultra stress test 20 times. An idle reading comes after leaving the system on the Windows desktop for 30 minutes. This stress test (20 runs) produces approximately 4300 data entries in the Powenetics software, which we can then export to an Excel file and analyse further. Here we present the average continuous power consumption of each graphics card across the entire 20 run test.

Not surprisingly given its clock speed advantage, the GameRock Premium pulls more power than the Gigabyte RTX 2080 Gaming OC – but an extra 15W or so is going to make very little difference in the real world.

On a side note, you may also have noticed that our Founders Edition card has lower power consumption than before – our initial testing saw it draw 274W in 3DMark, but Nvidia believed this to be a faulty card and replaced it. The new card draws 231W which is much more in line with what we'd expect from a reference RTX 2080.

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