OpenGL Performance & Performance-Per-Watt For NVIDIA GPUs From The Past 10 Years

Written by Michael Larabel in Graphics Cards on 19 January 2016. Page 9 of 9. 28 Comments

Here's a look at the AC system power consumption data over the course of all the Linux OpenGL benchmarks on the 27 different NVIDIA graphics cards:

NVIDIA 2016 Winter Linux GPU Comparison

Now to make that more consumable, the auto-generated meta performance-per-Watt based upon all of the OpenGL benchmark results in this article:

NVIDIA 2016 Winter Linux GPU Comparison

From the worst (GeForce 8500GT) to best (GTX 980 Ti) is a 72x improvement in the performance-per-Watt based upon all of the test data. From the GeForce 9800GTX to GeForce GTX 980 Ti it's a 6.2x improvement. From the GeForce 8600GT to GeForce GTX 960 is a 25x improvement. Even when comparing a GeForce GTX 460 Fermi to GeForce GTX 960 is over a 2x improvement in the past few years.

Well, if you've been curious how NVIDIA graphics cards have evolved -- or the OpenGL performance in general -- over the last roughly 10 years, hopefully you found all of this test data insightful. The raw performance the performance-per-Watt in going from the GeForce 8 series to the GeForce GTX 900 hardware is incredible. The results show how since Fermi the performance really has been ramping up. It will be interesting to see how NVIDIA's Pascal will fit into this equation with those next-generation graphics cards being just a few months away.

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