Reducing your own and your company’s carbon footprint is something just about everyone is thinking about in today’s eco-conscious world -- saving power doesn’t just save money by lowering electricity costs, it also helps combat the threat posed by global climate change.
When thinking about GPU power consumption, the most commonly used metric is thermal design power (TDP). However, this is merely an upper limit. The actual power consumption of a GPU is highly variable depending on the graphics workload, especially in professional design applications. Also, what’s more important to know is your system’s overall power efficiency in real-world workloads because only that gives you a true understanding of how much power your workstation is consuming as your work.
Power Efficiency Leadership
If you look at system power consumption in typical real-world professional workflows – like, say, SOLIDWORKS -- AMD clearly leads the competition in no small part due to the intelligent power management of AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise and the 7nm RDNA architecture found in our latest Radeon Pro graphics cards.
Our software’s intelligent power usage enables select Radeon Pro graphics cards to choose the optimal power for different professional application workflows, helping deliver better overall system power efficiency. For example, when using our new Radeon Pro W5700 workstation graphics card with Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q4, professionals can expect to see up to 18% overall better system power consumption in real-world 3D design workflows than when using the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 graphics card with the NVIDIA Quadro Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R440 U1 (440.97).1
Rethink Power Efficiency and Upgrade to Radeon Pro Graphics
Now that you can see how much power you can save in professional graphics workflows, if you’re not already using Radeon Pro graphics in your workstation it’s time to think about upgrading to AMD today!
- Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of October 24th 2019 on AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q4 with Radeon Pro W5700 and NVIDIA Quadro driver 440.97 with NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000, on a test system comprising an Intel Core i9-9900K, 32 GB 2133 MHz DDR4 RAM, MSI Z370-A Pro motherboard with BIOS version 7B48v2A, 512 GB Intel 760p SSD, and Windows 10 May 2019 Update. Power was measured using the average of second-by-second value readouts from a Kill A Watt P3 P3IP4400 wattmeter over a 30-second time span spent in a SOLIDWORKS 2019 solid modeling workflow. Results may vary. RPS-110
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