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Am I reading this correct-Total Power Draw for 8800 GT Sys 230 W?

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December 16, 2008 1:20:30 AM



Am I reading this correctly? Reason is I have a 425 W Power supply..I want to get an 8800 GT-a friend of a friend is selling his card since he is starting grad school. I know minimum power supply is 400 W..I have that covered..but I don't like to live that close to the edge..if max power consumption under 3D conditions is even 320 or below..I will feel safe..So am I reading it correctly? It is a quality power supply.

This was the setup for the test

CPU
Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 (3 GHz)
Motherboard Asus P5K3 Deluxe
Memory Kingston 2 x 1024 MB setup in DDR-3 800 5-5-5-15-21
Hard Drive
a b U Graphics card
a b ) Power supply
December 16, 2008 1:26:54 AM

You're reading it right and yes, your power supply will handle a 8800GT easily.
December 18, 2008 2:47:38 AM

I am confused though.,.I see people on the forum having trouble with a 8800 GT 425 W power supply. Why would they be having trouble? I just don't want to throw $100 down the drain.
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December 18, 2008 5:39:50 AM

dirtmountain said:
You're reading it right and yes, your power supply will handle a 8800GT easily.


Not exactly,

If he is an occasional game player his power supply lifespan would be like a year or 2 with a 425W PSU.

The Max power is 425 but you don't want your power supply that has a max power of 425 struggling every time you use it it will not live long.

Your E6850 uses little power which is good but still, i would say get a 480- 500 watt at the least
December 18, 2008 6:52:56 AM

jamesrwright said:
I am confused though.,.I see people on the forum having trouble with a 8800 GT 425 W power supply. Why would they be having trouble? I just don't want to throw $100 down the drain.

It's not just about watts, you need the amps on the 12v.
An 8800GT should have a 24-26amp psu to be ok.
a b U Graphics card
a b ) Power supply
December 19, 2008 12:00:24 AM

I'm running a 4850 on a fairly poor 550W power supply. The 4870 does use a good 40-50W more though. I don't know much about the quality of BFG PSes (quality makes a huge difference. My 550W can't actually supply 550W like a high quality PCP&C could).
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