Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Uses 490W Power With 2 Cards
Tweaktown have been testing out Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 SLI and the benchmarks look good. The GTX 1080 is a high end card aimed at high end gaming so you can expect to get even better performance when you have two of these beasts. Both cards achieve 98-100% scaling coupled with an Intel Core i7 5960X. The system consumed 490W power and the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 SLI went to a 2GHz clock. All that with one 6 pin power connector.
The RX 480 on the other hand draws only 100W (single card) this means when that is in Crossfire it will draw almost less than half the power. We have established that the RX 480 is a great upcoming card and although it may take 2 of them to meet the performance of a GTX 1080 it is both cheaper and great value for money. The crossfire RX 480 cannot compete with a Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 SLI but the power difference is huge.
Power draw is not something that people take lightly. It could mean upgrading the power supply unit for some people. Other people might not find it worth it at all. I do not think there are going to be many people with s Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 SLI setup but still.
If you are a gaming enthusiast and want to enjoy multiple display gaming as well as some VR maybe then this Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 SLI configuration could be for you but if you are a casual gamer that makes do with 1080p then this would be a complete overkill.
You need to know how much power you will be using in order to get what is best for you. It is a common misunderstanding that spending more money means getting the best performance possible but that is not always the case. The best value for money and performance per dollar is in the mid ranged cards.