Place Your Bets Now About The Power Efficiency Of The Radeon RX 480 On Linux
Written by Michael Larabel in Radeon on 26 June 2016 at 02:07 PM EDT. 71 Comments
With doing a lot of tests for next week's Radeon RX 480 Linux review, here are the numbers of some current AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards (obviously excluding the RX 480 that's still under NDA) under Linux with the performance-per-Watt.

On Saturday I posted some fresh NVIDIA performance-per-dollar Linux benchmarks for those wondering what the RX 480 will be going up against under Linux. Today are some performance-per-Watt figures in a similar manner with my GeForce Maxwell and Pascal cards along with a few pre-Pascal AMD GPUs.

For this fun power efficiency comparison were the GTX 950, GTX 960, GTX 970, GTX 980, GTX 980 Ti, GTX 1070, and GTX 1080 on the green side. On the AMD side was the Radeon R9 285 and Radeon R9 Fury. In The RX 480 Linux review on the 29th will be more red comparison points plus new AMDGPU-PRO results to complement the current open-source Mesa numbers.

Here are some of the current NVIDIA/AMD cards with OpenGL tests under Linux showing their relative performance-per-Watt:

If you want to see the raw performance numbers and raw AC power usage data, visit this result file.

Here's also the GPU core temperatures during these benchmarks...

And the overall AC system power consumption. Again, if you are looking to kill some time while waiting for the Radeon RX 480 Linux results to be made public on launch day, head on over to If you have any guesses where the RX 480 will compare under Linux with the power efficiency, feel free to share your guesses by commenting on this article in our forums.
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