Notice in the test below that this is total system power consumption. We tried our best to push the load as much as possible on the video card alone and nothing else. We ran FurMark at the highest settings our system would allow. We feel FurMark gives the most reliable readings on GPU load and on how much wattage the card puts out without stressing other components in the system too much. (Total consumption measured at outlet)
The EVGA GTX 560 Ti SC comes in using a little more wattage than the standard GTX 460, which was to be expected. However, seeing just how close it came to catching the older GTX 460 in power consumption in the overclocking tests was really great. Having the GTX 560 just a few watts away from the GTX 460, while producing noticeably better performance, is a win-win in our book. The GF114 silicon is really proving its worth so far in these tests.
In our decibel test, the EVGA GTX 560 did a very good job of holding the noise in check at full load. We would also like to point out that in our gaming tests, the fan never got much higher than the 35-45% range. Increasing only a little over a decibel from stock to full speed is a great sign that Nvidia has figured out their single fan cooling solutions.
Below is a chart to help you better understand the decibel levels and how they would sound within normal situations.