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.
- 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