Sunday, October 14th 2012

New EU Energy Guidelines Could Cripple High-End Graphics Cards

One of the biggest consumer electronics markets, EU strictly regulates materials, radio-emissions, and energy-efficiency of consumer electronics items eligible for sale in its member states. A new such energy-efficiency regulation is taking shape that specifically mandates integrated graphics cores and discrete graphics cards to live up to certain energy standards. This has GPU maker AMD worried that it could affect next-generation chips, as they could be barred from sales in the EU.

The EU classifies graphics cards on the basis of on-board memory bandwidth, which is a reliable means of segregating the various market segments. The various classes are tabled below. The top tier "G7" is classified as graphics cards with 128 GB/s or above memory bandwidth. EU wants to cap graphics cards from achieving bandwidths above 320 GB/s (possible with 6.67 GHz at 384-bit width, or 5.00 GHz at 512-bit width). The EU sees memory bandwidth as proportionate to power-consumption. It's possible that the EU sees today's hardware more than sufficiently fast to handle games, and every new generation that increases performance does so with increases in power-consumption. With the sheer size of the EU market, GPU makers could be deterred from making low-volume high-performance products for the rest of the world as well.

Source: NordicHardware
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35 Comments on New EU Energy Guidelines Could Cripple High-End Graphics Cards

#1
NHKS
I think this news can be linked to the recent(Sep 2012) study - The Impact of Graphics Cards on
Desktop Computer Energy Consumption - by NRDC, CLASP & ECOVA. According to the study, data was gathered to support the establishment of effective energy consumption allowances (or “adders”) for graphics cards in the Version 6.0 ENERGY STAR computer specification.
The study does talk about the link between bandwidth & energy consumed.. I just googled this study and still in the process of absorbing it..
Here is the link to the study:
http://www.clasponline.org/ResourcesTools/Resources/StandardsLabelingResourceLibrary/2012/~/media/Files/SLDocuments/2012/DesktopGraphicCardReport/Impact-of-Graphics-Cards-on-Desktop-Computer-Energy-Consumption_Report.pdf
Key findings from the study are as follows:
1. The power impact of each discrete graphics card varied significantly from computer to computer, indicating that a number of system-specific factors other than the card itself impact system power demand when a discrete graphics card is installed;
2. Power demand in idle mode generally increased as discrete graphics card frame buffer bandwidth increased; however, there were large differences between cards;
3. A new technology called ZeroCore Power Technology, which was featured in one high-end card, dramatically reduced power demand when the computer was in idle mode; and,
4. The additional power needed to operate a second discrete graphics card was approximately 25 percent less than that required for the first card in a particular host computer.
while i hope the market for high-end cards is not crippled.. high time for game developers to improve effciency / reduce overhead on software side?
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#2
wiak
damn you EU, i want my graphics card sweet and toasted!



:toast:
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#3
WhiteLotus
Allows Cern to build the fucking Large Hard on Collider that takes I don't know how to much to power it.


Wont allow Joe down the road to buy a high performance graphics card.






FFS.
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#4
Depth
Cern answers deep founded questions about our universe

Joe wants the biggest and best computer he can get, because his epeen isn't large enough.


Not the best comparison but the EU are doing cuts everywhere. It's actually quite surprising that they just ban it outright rather than levying a tax for it.
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#5
WhiteLotus
Depth said:
Cern answers deep founded questions about our universe

Joe wants the biggest and best computer he can get, because his epeen isn't large enough.


Not the best comparison but the EU are doing cuts everywhere. It's actually quite surprising that they just ban it outright rather than levying a tax for it.
What about folding/crunching. Every little helps.
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#6
Velvet Wafer
Really... this only increases my murderous tendencies against bureaucrats...why the hell cant we just burn them like witches were once, on a big pile of wood and documents?:laugh:
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Hilux SSRG
Depth said:
Cern answers deep founded questions about our universe

Joe wants the biggest and best computer he can get, because his epeen isn't large enough.
Maybe Joe wants to play BF3 on a large/multi-screen monitor(s) at a respectable frame rate ? And be able to play the next two year's worth of new PC games?

EU is just "forcing" consumers to buy mid-range gfx cards on a quicker cycle rate. BS.

Why won't the EU restrict politician's mouths so that they spew out less garbage and work more efficiently.
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#8
TheMailMan78
Big Member
In the meantime I think Ill go change out my 4.6 V8 from EFI to carbureted and do doughnuts in my drive way. I hate polar bears. :laugh: EU needs to understand there are much bigger issues in the world then how many watts my GPU pulls from the wall. Thousands dieing in the middle east. Millions dieing in Africa and my 570 isn't power efficient. More feel good laws for the pillow bitters courtesy of the EU.

Velvet Wafer said:
Really... this only increases my murderous tendencies against bureaucrats...why the hell cant we just burn them like witches were once, on a big pile of wood and documents?:laugh:
Ya know as an American I am partial to the "Tar and Feather" approach to bureaucrats. However burning at the steak does have some appeal. Less clean up.

NHKS said:
I think this news can be linked to the recent(Sep 2012) study - The Impact of Graphics Cards on
Desktop Computer Energy Consumption - by NRDC, CLASP & ECOVA. According to the study, data was gathered to support the establishment of effective energy consumption allowances (or “adders”) for graphics cards in the Version 6.0 ENERGY STAR computer specification.
The study does talk about the link between bandwidth & energy consumed.. I just googled this study and still in the process of absorbing it..
Here is the link to the study:
http://www.clasponline.org/ResourcesTools/Resources/StandardsLabelingResourceLibrary/2012/~/media/Files/SLDocuments/2012/DesktopGraphicCardReport/Impact-of-Graphics-Cards-on-Desktop-Computer-Energy-Consumption_Report.pdf



while i hope the market for high-end cards is not crippled.. high time for game developers to improve effciency / reduce overhead on software side?
Millions of dollars wasted on a study to say "GPU's need power. More powerful the GPU the higher the power draw. Whats that you say? High end GPU's make up less the 2% of the market? Can we tax them for 50% of the market? Sounds like a plan". This is why I hate centralized governments.
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#9
NHKS
TheMailMan78 said:

Millions of dollars wasted on a study to say "GPU's need power. More powerful the GPU the higher the power draw. Whats that you say? High end GPU's make up less the 2% of the market? Can we tax them for 50% of the market? Sounds like a plan". This is why I hate centralized governments.
true.. while energy efficiency is important, EU guidelines seem to target a minority of users.. and capping bandwidth is like saying all super-cars from Astons to Paganis should have engines capped @ 3000 rpm.. too much rpm = too much fuel consumption for these cars, no?
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TheMailMan78
Big Member
NHKS said:
true.. while energy efficiency is important, EU guidelines seem to target a minority of users.. and capping bandwidth is like saying all super-cars from Astons to Paganis should have engines capped @ 3000 rpm.. too much rpm = too much fuel consumption for these cars, no?
Has nothing to do with anything man. There is no logic in it at all. Just making excuses for a new tax.
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