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2019/03/09 20:57:39 (permalink)
Ok, so i’m confused. This is not an abnormal state : -)

I have a 2060 XC Gaming Ultra and noticed when running:

nvidia-smi -g | grep Power

Using the 415.27 Linux driver from the Canonical PPA repository on Ubuntu Server 18.04.1 the that the board is reporting a Max Power Limit of 217W, default of 190W and a minimum of 125W

My 2070 XC Gaming in the same system, however, is reporting 240W max, 185W default and 105W minimum.

Any ideas why the default power limit of the 2060 XC Ultra is higher than the 2070 XC and why the minimum draw on the 2060 is at 125W as I’d expect it to be lower?

2060 VBIOS 90.06.2E.40.0D
2070 VBIOS 90.06.0B.00.B9

I’d like to be able to run the 2060 at lower power limits as I’m using these for Distributed Computing and if their profiles are anything like Pascal they should run more efficiently at lower power limits.
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    Re: RTX 2060 Power Limits 2019/03/12 15:36:36 (permalink)
    @bcavanaugh any ideas?
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    Re: RTX 2060 Power Limits 2019/03/12 16:04:32 (permalink)
    The 2060 uses anywhere between 170 and 190 Watts, depending on manufacturer and card type. 
    Most of my card's configuration caps off at 225Watts, but even under 100% load and stock speeds, they're not using more than 190Watts (some don't use more than 175Watt).
    It depends from card to card.
     
    Also, most of my 2060s cap off on the bottom at 125Watts, which seems universal for most 2060, 2070 and 2080 cards. I could be wrong here, but it's my experience.
     
    There may be an exception in that the 2070 has been given the same power control as the 2080, but due to lower transistor count, can do the same with lower power (as the 2080 caps off at 125Watts as well).
    I will know soon enough, as my first 2070 will arrive in 2 days.

    The 2060 has less control over its power modules. It's working range is much smaller.
    Go to the GTX series, and you have even less control.
    Eg: the 1050 only goes from 60-65W, to 75W stock, to 120W max, but generally never uses more than 75 watts under full load and overclock.
    So basically, on the 1050, you can only control the lower 10-15 watts with nvidia-smi, since it won't ever hit anywhere near 120Watts under serious (air or watercooled) overclocking (unless we're talking about liquid cooled nitrogen perhaps; but even then...). I've never seen my GTX 1050 use over 73Watts.
     
    It is my experience with cards, that increasing them about 5Watts from the lowest setting (125Watts to 130Watts), increases overall system power consumption by an actual 9 Watts, which accounts for an increase of 8%, yet the speed increase is over 10%.
    So my suggestion to you, is to keep it running at 5-10W above the minimum settings. At 125Watts the cards throttle too much.
    post edited by ProDigit - 2019/03/12 16:13:36
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    Re: RTX 2060 Power Limits 2019/03/12 16:53:53 (permalink)
    gordonbb

    I’d like to be able to run the 2060 at lower power limits as I’m using these for Distributed Computing and if their profiles are anything like Pascal they should run more efficiently at lower power limits.


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    Re: RTX 2060 Power Limits 2019/03/12 23:52:52 (permalink)
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    ... Also, most of my 2060s cap off on the bottom at 125Watts, which seems universal for most 2060, 2070 and 2080 cards. I could be wrong here, but it's my experience. ...
    As stated above my EVGA 2070 XC goes from a minimum Power Limit of 105W to a maximum of 240W with a default of 185W compared to 175W for the FE. So a range of 135W

    The EGA 2060 XC Ultra only goes from a minimum of 125W to a Maximum of 217W with a default of 190 compared with a FE whose default is set to 160W. So a range of 92W. In operation with fans at 100% and set to the max Power Limit I don’t see it even getting close to 200W under air with the GPU still in the low 80s and a large Clock offset so it seems that this card has a over built cooling system but either the VRM is incapable of supplying the power or, more likely, the GPU just isn’t capable of drawing that much power.

    As I’m doing efficiency testing I was hoping to be able to limit down to 50 to 60% of it’s FE Power Limit as all my other Pascal and Turing cards can but this one seems an outlier and only goes down to 80%

    So the I’m wondering what the range of reported power limits are for other models and if, perhaps, a VBIOS fix might be eventually be made available to get it down to 95W or so in-line with the range on other models
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    Re: RTX 2060 Power Limits 2019/03/13 00:52:41 (permalink)
    You could try flashing some other vbios's to your card using nvflash.
     
    I'd give these two a shot...
     
    https://www.techpowerup.com/vgabios/207396/msi-rtx2060-6144-190106
    https://www.techpowerup.com/vgabios/207317/zotac-rtx2060-6144-181204
     
    Maybe one of them will allow you to tweak the power limit down to 95w.
     
    Note: Make sure you backup your original vbios for later use. Also be aware that flashing another cards vbios to your card could brick the card.
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    Re: RTX 2060 Power Limits 2019/03/13 00:56:09 (permalink)
    From my experience, if memory serves me right,
    GT 1030 30-35W
    GTX1050 60-75W
    GTX1060 ???-120W (I tried 80-120W but it could cap off at 75W, I don't remember)
    RTX2060 125-205W
    RTX2080 125-225W

    My RTX2070 is about to arrive in 12 hours. Will let you know.
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    Re: RTX 2060 Power Limits 2019/03/13 22:39:08 (permalink)
    Ok, my 2070 also caps off at 125W. To 215W.
    Perhaps you have a special card?
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