Power ConsumptionWith this review we're introducing a new power consumption testing methodology for graphics cards. We've upgraded our data acquisition system to run at a higher sample rate and expanded on the automation capabilities. With 40 samples per second, we're now collecting data much faster than before, even four times as fast as NVIDIA's PCAT. Every single data point is recorded digitally—previously, we could only get averages and peaks.
Non-gaming power draw is slightly better than the AMD reference, probably due to MSI's changes to the VRM circuitry. Please note that compared to previous recent AMD reviews, the power draw in single-monitor and multi-monitor is much higher because we're now testing at 1440p and not 1080p. I'll add a note in these reviews later today to raise awareness.
Gaming power draw is around 30 W higher than the reference design; the price you'll have to pay for the factory overclock that yields 3% additional performance. Other custom designs behave similarly here.
Recommended PSU: 700 W