The power demands of graphics cards are definitely going to get more wild in the coming years.
VentureBeat has shared a new interview with Sam Naffziger in which the AMD senior vice president, corporate fellow, and product technology architect discusses the challenge of energy-efficient computing. Included is a GPU power consumption chart from AMD that suggests GPUs with TDPs as high as 700 watts will surface by 2025.
This is quite a bit higher than one of the most power-hungry options available on today’s market, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti. That model is listed with a graphics card power of 450 watts.
VentureBeat brings NVIDIA up later in the interview to point out how AMD had a history of doing things differently, with more of a balancing act between performance and energy efficiency rather than a pure focus on the former. Naffziger replied that “various games could be played” before going on to confirm that RDNA 3, AMD’s next-generation architecture, would continue to deliver great efficiency gains.
We publicly went out with a commitment to another 50% performance-per-watt improvement. That’s three generations of compounded efficiency gains there, 1.5 or more. We’re not talking about all the details of how we’re going to do it, but one component is leveraging our chiplet expertise to unlock the full capabilities of the silicon we can purchase. It’s going to be fun as we get more of that detail out.
AMD’s current flagship graphics card aimed at gamers, the Radeon RX 6950 XT, is listed with a typical board power of 335 watts. The company has recommended that it be paired with an 850-watt power supply at minimum.
Graphics cards with 700-watt TDPs should be a very strong driver for power supply sales in the enthusiast space.