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5970 + 8800GT on 750W?

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April 25, 2010 6:47:09 PM

I've decided to buy a 5970 for my i7 rig. I currently have a 8800gt, and would like to use it for physx. Would it be possible with this psu?
The psu is a Chieftec 750w super series, 4x18 amps.

The power draw would be 530w at 90% load without the 8800 - but for physx, the 8800gt wouldn't be fully utilised, right?

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a b U Graphics card
April 25, 2010 8:00:47 PM

You would be fine. Realistically an i7 rig with a 5970 with moderate OC wouldn't even break 400W.
a c 173 U Graphics card
April 25, 2010 10:04:24 PM

Going by load ratings only. 130w for the cpu by Intel's spec, 300w max for the 5970, and 105w for the 8800gt. Add these values together 635w but knowing the two cards they don't use the full power due to their given clocks you are looking at 575w+ under load with no overclocking.
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April 25, 2010 10:11:52 PM

The PhysX performance wouldn't be hit, if I cranked down the frequencies of the 8800? That would be a way to decrease the power consumption.

But 575W seems like quite a bit for a 750w psu. It would be quite stressed. :( 
April 25, 2010 10:16:58 PM

here is a better idea: get 5870 and get a quality PSU!!!
a c 173 U Graphics card
April 25, 2010 10:17:59 PM

What is the brand name and model of the unit in question? As for the card at stock clocks the normal power consumption is normal around 85w while with overclocking the max is 105w. Downclocking it wont do much good and the same will apply for the 5970.
a c 228 U Graphics card
April 25, 2010 10:22:52 PM

Figure 267 watts for the 5970 + 125 (512 MB) to 132 (1024 MB) for the 8800GT ...easily over 400 watts....

Adding just normal stuff .....

.....Hi end desktop MoBo, I7-930, 90% load and TDP, 4.2 GHz (190 watts) OC, 3 sticks of RAM, 1 DVD, 2 USB's, 0 firewire, 20% cap aging, front bay card reader, 3 LED case fans)

...... using the calculator below I came up with 740 watts

http://www.antec.outervision.com/PSUEngine

Given the brand name, I'd be looking at one of these if overclocking:

Antec SG-850 - 10.0 ($220)
Antec CP-850 - 10.0 ($110) - only fits 5 antec cases
XFX 850W Black Edition 10.0 ($185)
Corsair HX850 850W - 10.0 ($180)

Without the OC, at 680 watts, I'd still say you're pushing it. WIth a better brand PSU, I'd be less concerned.

Note that ATI recommendations call for a 650 watter for the 5970 all by itself.

http://www.amd.com/uk/products/desktop/graphics/ati-rad...
April 25, 2010 10:22:53 PM

Demonn -> Chieftec is quality, FIY. It is built on the same base as Enermax, Corsair, etc.

nforce4max -> Are you referring to the 8800? It is a 512MB Sparkle 8800GT.


a c 173 U Graphics card
April 25, 2010 10:38:00 PM

gangstativ said:
Demonn -> Chieftec is quality, FIY. It is built on the same base as Enermax, Corsair, etc.

nforce4max -> Are you referring to the 8800? It is a 512MB Sparkle 8800GT.


Same chip which is the 65nm G92. As for the figure given by the power calculator is wrong by more than 25w I own two of these cards and know them like the back of my hand as well how much power they draw. I have done quite a bit of research when I had interest in vmoding. Normal load values are typically 85w at stock clock 600/1500 same for the 1GB edition while 105w max at stock volts 700/1750~1800.
April 25, 2010 10:43:25 PM

Jack's post has convinced me to forget about the 8800GT for Physx. I see that it would push the PSU too far.
a c 173 U Graphics card
April 25, 2010 10:43:30 PM

gangstativ said:
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Each cap is different except for Black Gates mellow in the morning dead in the after noon. Only the really crappy caps degrade that quickly of have seen use for great lengths of time beyond their rated voltage/current. A very high quality cap can and often last for decades with some lasting in excess of 50 years. My school has one of those original kit computers from the late 70s and it still works.
April 25, 2010 10:56:46 PM

Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think you can enable PhysX if you have an ATI card in your system. I remember reading something about Nvidia releasing a driver that blocks it.
a c 173 U Graphics card
April 25, 2010 11:47:25 PM

You are correct Nvidia did release such drivers and continue do as such. They did this to stop people from using their G80 and G92 cards with more popular ATI cards from the 4xx0 and 5xx0 generations. The driver however can be hacked to ware users can use multy card setup with both nvidia and ati cards but not all physx games work properly.
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