2D Desktop Mode

t33lo

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What is the purpose of 2D mode? I have my card set up to underclock itself when I am not playing games, but what is it really saving? Is it heat and power? Alot? How can I get it to recognize things such as the winamp visualizations which do not trigger it to use the standard clock speeds?
 
2D mode lowers power consumption and heat. 3D mode kicks in when those functions are used. Look around for a 3rd party program to control clock speeds. I know ATI Tray Tools can be used for Radeons to ignore specified programs.

Video card power consumption
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Video card heat
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Video card noise
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source
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/bfg-gf-gtx275oc_5.html#sect0