How do you measure graphics horsepower?

  • You know, when we’re testing graphics add-in boards (AIBs) we and others usually mention how the AIB has the horsepower to run games at high frames and high resolution.

    But these high-end AIBs also consume a lot of power while delivering up zombies, radio-active Russians, and war weary Nazis.
    So I think we should express the AIBs in terms of horsepower.

    For example, the new Nvidia GTX580, which really does have the horsepower, also uses over a third of a horsepower to do it.

    So, just like new cars are graded by their horsepower, graphics AIBs can be too.

    For example:

    • AMD HD 6870 – 20% horsepower
    • AMD HD5870 – 25% horsepower
    • Nvidia GTX480 -  32.7% horsepower
    • Nvidia GTX580 – 33.5% horsepower

    With this new rating system, now game enthusiast can puff their chests and say, yeah, got me a 33% HP board today, ugh ugh ugh.
    *Jon Peddie, Jon Peddie Research