SometimesWarrior - thanks for clarifying - sorry yes I did mean the comparison betweenhttp://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Pali ... am/23.html
andhttp://www.kitguru.net/components/graph ... review/20/
but http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/graphics/ ... am/?page=9
also shows the Palit as having the lowest relative idle to those compared.
It appears common for GTX980s to be measured with lower idle than the 970s as well - this may be related to the first batch of 980s being reference and the 970s not so different VRM but I also suspect that something else is going on - perhaps one factor is that in general the better quality chips tend to become the 980s.
Steve related to the last paragraph, if the GTX960 is the same chip but with less working then given the difference between the 970 and 980 I am not holding my breath for a really low idle for the 960. Rumour has it today that the 960 is delayed because the yield of 970 chips is good enough and demand high enough for 970s that Nvidia have no commercial incentive to launch a cheaper card. I am not betting either way, I will wait and see, probably until Christmas, to see what the situation is then.
I think there is a broader problem in getting reliable data to make this type of decision e.g. compare:http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/ms ... iew,9.htmlhttp://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/ ... ng/24.html
and http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/ha ... msi-8.html
Oh well I guess I will just have to hope I get lucky.