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Powering the 260gtx and CPU compatibility

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August 19, 2008 6:14:22 PM

Hey guys :hello: 

Just yesterday I got my new 260 gtx.

Mobo: Biostar T8200 AM2+
RAM: OCZ DDR2 800
CPU: AMD X2 5200+ 2. 7 Brisbane
PSU: Raidmax 530 watt. Has 2 12v rails 20 amp, and 17 amp.

I am wondering if I powered up my GPU correctly.
The PSU has one PCI-E cable which splits into 2 6-pin connectors.
I connected the 2 6-pins from the single cable into the card.
I am wondering if this was correct since the manual said you must connect 2 "individual" 6-pin connectors into the card to power it.

*Due to the nature of the PSU, it has 1 PCI-E labeled cable, and the rest are molex. Also wondering if I should connect the PCI into one plug and attach the molex to 6-pin adapter on the other cable into the other 6-pin slot.

As of now the card is running but Im worried that it is not running at full potential due to the connection or the watts and amps of the PSU.

*Also I would like to know if my CPU is holding the 260 gtx back, and if it is, any suggestions on a AMD CPU to keep up with it.

Thanks.
August 19, 2008 7:53:06 PM

You are fine the way you are plugged in. I do wonder if your PSU does have enough to run the 260 though.

The CPU should be OK. I doubt if it bottlenecking the GPU much if at all.
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August 19, 2008 9:19:31 PM

Kaldor said:
You are fine the way you are plugged in. I do wonder if your PSU does have enough to run the 260 though.

The CPU should be OK. I doubt if it bottlenecking the GPU much if at all.


So the PSU is the factor? Not enough power to the GPU also affects fps right?

I'm just a bit worried since it gives me 70ish and looking at the sky some more fps at 1280x1024 with 4 AA and full AF. Compared to the benchmarks here at tomshardware where it got 48.5 at 1920*1200 4 AA full AF.

Is that normal?
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August 19, 2008 9:31:17 PM

THROW OUT THAT RAIDMAX PSU!
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO RUN YOUR GTX 260 WITH IT!


Raidmax PSU's are some of the worst quality units out there.
Using it with your rig is asking for you system to start sparking.
Invest in a QUALITY 500w+ PSU from a company like PCP&C, Corsair, Enermax, Silverstone or Antec's Earthwatts line.
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August 19, 2008 9:34:39 PM

Quote:
Thermal and Power Specs:
Maximum GPU Temperature 105C
Maximum Graphics Card Power 182W
Minimum System Power Requirement 500W
Supplementary Power Connectors Two 6-pins


http://www.nvidia.com/object/geforce_gtx_260.html

As for the CPU, yes it will bottleneck your GPU.
Not to big of an issue in most games and it will let you turn up more eye candy with no performance drops.
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August 19, 2008 9:39:24 PM

Any of These PSU's should be able to handle your system.
Go for the best you can afford.
August 20, 2008 12:22:38 AM

outlw6669 said:
THROW OUT THAT RAIDMAX PSU!
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO RUN YOUR GTX 260 WITH IT!


Raidmax PSU's are some of the worst quality units out there.
Using it with your rig is asking for you system to start sparking.
Invest in a QUALITY 500w+ PSU from a company like PCP&C, Corsair, Enermax, Silverstone or Antec's Earthwatts line.


Damn for real? Thats kinda freaky if its gunna do that. Yea true I hear those companies make very good quality PSUs. Hmm... Looks like I need to be upgrading again.

My gtx260 is already being powered by it :( 
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August 20, 2008 1:12:37 AM

ya raidmax r risky mine stopped working after a month or so, but it didnt damage anything got off lucky i guess.
Replaced it with a antec earthwatt 500. every reliable psu.
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