Could someone explain how a card can use more power (9w) for idle than it does for playing high def video (4-6w) ? I didn't quite understand that.
The graph I believe you're referring to is labelled "Power Consumption, Increase over Idle (Watts, AC)" at the bottom.
Thanks, I just misread it, and didn't see the the word "increase" in the graph, nor the word "more" in the article's concluding paragraph. (lol...no wonder it didn't make sense).
Would this card be suitable for somene who wants a little more than integrated graphics, but does not do any gaming?
I work with Adobe CS5 using a Zotac 430 and plan to upgrade to CS6. I am also looking at upgrading my whole rig when Haswell chips come out next year, including a dual monitor set-up. Just not sure whether the onboard intel Haswell GPU would be enough or if I should consider getting something like this Zotac discrete card. I'm really attracted to it's energy efficiency.