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September 12, 2010 6:27:39 PM

was looking at the corsair hx650 and tx650 there both 624 max load and 80+ bronze.

both say sli/ crossfire but the tx only has 2 6+2 connectors wile the hx650 has 4 6+2 connectors

how is the tx sli/crossfire if it only comes with 2 6+2 connectors



this will be for 460 hawk in sli with a i7 950 oc as high as i can get it on air.

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September 12, 2010 6:47:17 PM

First of all, you might want to go for a 750W PSU for your SLI and overclocking needs.. A 650W may get pushed near its limits..
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September 12, 2010 7:34:24 PM

Most cards come with a 2 molex to 1 PCI-E adapter so you can get more PCI-E connectors out of it, but there are many cards that only require 1 PCI-E connector like 5770s so you only need 2 PCI-E power connectors to do CF. The 650TX has more than enough power for 2 GTX 460s you will just need to use the adapters that come with the cards to get the additional connectors.

I would actually suggest the XFX 650 instead, the grey one has 2 PCI-E connectors but is only $85 before MIR, the green one has 4 and is 102 before MIR from newegg, they are just as powerful as the Corsair units, and are built by Seasonic, but their 15% off promo codes make them really good deals.
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September 12, 2010 7:40:20 PM

Also mite take a look at a 720 Watt Gigabyte ODN also very good value for very money and true Power performance.

Kindest Regards Rob."
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a c 248 ) Power supply
September 13, 2010 8:03:25 PM

The reason one of the power supply models has only two, 6 pin, PCIE connectors is that it is an older model. There used to be a time when a video card only required one PCIE connection. Things have changed. We now have video cards that require two PCIE connectors.

The general rule of thumb is a high quality 500 to 550 watt power supply with sufficient current (amps) on the +12 volt rail(s) can easily power a system with any single video card made. A high quality 700 to 750 watt power supply with sufficient current (amps) on the +12 volt rail(s) can power a system with two video cards operating in dual mode. There are a few exceptions like the new ATI Radeon HD 5XXX series cards which use less power due to their energy efficiency and the new Nvidia GTX480 which uses a lot more power.

A high quality 500 to 550 watt psu will have a +12 volt rail rated at 40 amps. A high quality 700 to 750 watt psu will have a +12 volt rail rated at 60 amps.

In addition the power supply should be at least 80+ Bronze certified for energy efficiency. There are some models available which have achieved 80+ Silver and 80+ Gold Certifications.

Corsair and Seasonic are two brands that have a reputation for high quality power supplies that consistently earn high marks in technical reviews. They are reliable, stable, and come with a 5 year warranty. Some of the newer models come with a 7 year warranty (in the USA). Lately we've been seeing a few other brands offering some high quality units. One example would be the newer Antec power supplies.
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September 14, 2010 4:56:21 PM

Hi Guys just one question putting Gigabytes ODN against some the better Antec PSU'S which is the better? I find ODN'S to be very efficient, how good are they really compared to other good makes, such as your corsairs and Seasonic?
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a b ) Power supply
September 14, 2010 6:42:38 PM

gigabyte is mediocre corsair and seasonic crush it in every way
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a b ) Power supply
September 14, 2010 6:43:58 PM

The ODIN GT 550W, for example, is a quality CWT PSU.
The Superb 720W is a low end PSU fron Acbel Polytech that can only provide 610W at maximum. It is NOT definitely the best PSU that you can buy from Gigabyte.
Here you can find some reviews about the units from Gigabyte: http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page1906.ht...
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September 14, 2010 10:17:13 PM

Oh ok so Corsair does really overwhelm them, i always had a lot of faith in there PSU"S, after all there motherboards are outstanding =)

Thanks for the replies guys.
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September 14, 2010 10:21:27 PM

That being said i took a look at you review chart and what does stick out as having quiet a few 80 plus awards are the Cooler-master PSU"S? You guys have any experience with them? i always thought them to be a bit flimsy?

Sweet =)
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September 14, 2010 10:34:44 PM

Coolermaster has had quite a few psu models over the years. A lot of the older models were not that good. There has been some improvement in the quality of some of the newer models.

The 80+ certifications are for energy efficiency, not necessarily quality.
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September 14, 2010 10:50:26 PM

Oh kk, thats what i thought from reading though i was getting a different understanding.

Thanks Johnny.
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September 15, 2010 9:07:55 PM

As JohnnyLucky said, the 80Plus certification is only for energy efficiency. It doesn't mean that a PSU is a quality unit or not. There are horrible PSUs that wears a 80Plus Gold Certification, and great PSUs that doesn't present any efficiency certification from Ecos.
The higher efficiency, the better, but keep in mind that there are many aspects that are actually more important when choosing a PSU: a good voltaje regulation, low ripple/noise levels on every output,....
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