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Can a 250w power supply run this card?

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a b U Graphics card
June 19, 2010 10:05:44 PM

Well I have a dell inspiron 530slim pc with 250w power supply. I'm currently using a hd2400 pro graphics card but obviously its not very good. I've been looking into low profile low power cards and the safest bet to me seems the hd5570. The stupid thing is the price for the 5570 is pretty much the same as the 5670 in the UK, so I'm wondering if 250w power supply can handle a 5670. I've heard it doesn't require an external power source and gets the power from the pcie slot. how does the performance compare with the 5570 and is it worth the risk? are there any other cards I should be looking at?
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a c 694 ) Power supply
June 19, 2010 10:35:05 PM

So will his 250watt. That is pretty good, linking to a 300watt unit after recommending 400watts.
June 19, 2010 11:07:58 PM

Go with little better PSU, don't risky. Buy 400W PSU and go on, don't put this card on 250W PSU, what is 250W lol...

Btw, what CPU you have?
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a c 694 ) Power supply
June 20, 2010 1:24:25 AM

Misko195 said:
Go with little better PSU, don't risky. Buy 400W PSU and go on, don't put this card on 250W PSU, what is 250W lol...

Btw, what CPU you have?

Find him a 400 watt that fits his small form factor case. By the way did you look at the power consumption of the card running Furmark in the link I posted.
a b U Graphics card
June 20, 2010 1:31:00 AM

The difference between a 250W and 400W generic is really minimal, Dell usually has decent quality PSUs (liability) so it should be reasonably safe.
a b U Graphics card
June 20, 2010 8:58:06 AM

I do have a intel core 2 duo 2.2ghz processor. The graphics card I'm running has a max power usage of 25w but I have overclocked it. I've never had any problems with it at all. Anyone know if newegg ships to the UK? That 300w power supply looks alright but is 50w more power worth that much?
a c 1362 U Graphics card
a c 694 ) Power supply
June 20, 2010 12:30:38 PM

Newegg does not ship to the UK. I would not bother replacing the PSU for a HD5570 the 250 watt from Dell is rated at for constant load and can run at 250 watts all day which you will not even see with a HD5570 in there. I plugged your components (guessing some) with a HD5570 into this calculator http://extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine and get recommended PSU 216watts minimum 166watts.
a b U Graphics card
June 20, 2010 1:18:05 PM

Yeah I just checked myself and I get the exact same results lol. What is capacitor aging though? I also found this card but is it better or worse then the 5570? There's no many low profile cards around but I'm just checking all the options.
http://www.galaxytech.com/en/productview.aspx?id=46
a c 1362 U Graphics card
a c 694 ) Power supply
June 20, 2010 1:48:09 PM

You would probably get away with that card it is low power (no external connection) and performs better. Capacitor aging is that the older the system gets the more power it will need because of loss of efficiency, we are not talking about a lot though in % I just simply ignore it.
a b U Graphics card
June 20, 2010 4:36:30 PM

the 9600gt does perform better but the 9800gt is cheaper for some reason in the UK. most of the low profile 9600gt's are out of stock anyway. it looks like there's low profile 9800gt cards as well but I'd rather not risk it and stick with 5570 which will keep to lower temperatures then the 9800gt.
a b U Graphics card
June 21, 2010 5:14:36 PM

I just checked my power supply specs and it says it has a maximum heat dissipation of 162w. just wondering what this means and if it will have any effect on using the 5570.
a c 1362 U Graphics card
a c 694 ) Power supply
June 22, 2010 12:56:16 AM

Not all the electricity you use turns into heat in the PSU you should be fine.
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a c 694 ) Power supply
June 27, 2010 12:13:18 PM

it is going to need more than 250watts
a b U Graphics card
June 27, 2010 12:50:26 PM

fair enough. ive heard theres not much difference between it and the 9600gt lp lp anyway. just wondering will there be any trouble with installing the 9600gt on my system. im using an ati card atm so will that have any effect.
a b U Graphics card
June 27, 2010 1:56:03 PM

do i swap the gpu first and then uninstall the ati driver or uninstall the ati driver, then insert the nvidia card and install the nvidia driver?
a c 1362 U Graphics card
a c 694 ) Power supply
June 27, 2010 2:13:28 PM

Uninstall the card in device manager then shut down and swap cards. On start up before installing the new drivers run driver sweeper and clean out the ATI driver remains.
June 27, 2010 5:40:17 PM

infernox_01 said:
Yeah I just checked myself and I get the exact same results lol. What is capacitor aging though? I also found this card but is it better or worse then the 5570? There's no many low profile cards around but I'm just checking all the options.
http://www.galaxytech.com/en/productview.aspx?id=46



I had the low power Galaxy 9600GT. Maybe I was just unlucky, but I was totally unhappy with the card. It always ran extremely hot (95 deg C under load) and the fan started making horrendous noises after only a few months. Also due to the extension part at the end of the card (look at the picture, you can see it) it barely fit my mid tower case due to the length. The performance was decent and it ran on a 300 watt power supply (which is why I got it, didnt really need low profile), but due to the problems stated above, I was very unhappy with the card. I would go with the 5570 over this card. I beleive the 5570 would also use less power.
a c 376 U Graphics card
a b ) Power supply
June 27, 2010 5:46:41 PM

Definitely stick with the HD5570 on a 250w PSU.
a b U Graphics card
June 27, 2010 6:39:21 PM

well the 5570 would reduce the hassle of uninstalling the ati drivers and stuff and i can see that its the safest option. im gonna be playing a fairly low resolutions anyway so it probably wont make too much difference.
June 28, 2010 5:38:10 PM

I've always done well with an Nvidia 9800 GT EE, but the 5570 may be better, just search around for a comparison. It doesn't run hot from my experience, but the fan is a bit on the loud side. It can be had for less than 100 bucks in the right places. I use it on a 350w, someone recently said they used it on 300w, so you could probably go lower.
a c 376 U Graphics card
a b ) Power supply
June 28, 2010 5:47:19 PM

thphaca said:
I use it on a 350w, someone recently said they used it on 300w, so you could probably go lower.

This is rather poor logic.
a b U Graphics card
June 28, 2010 7:09:03 PM

i cant find a review of the low profile 9800 to give me an example of how much power it uses under load and idle.
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a b ) Power supply
June 28, 2010 7:50:55 PM

Seriously, you have a 250w PSU, stick with the HD5570. It uses very little power and that is exactly what you need.
a b U Graphics card
June 28, 2010 8:40:59 PM

any news on a price drop anytime soon. the price has of the 5570 has actually risen in the UK over the last few months which is the only reason I haven't bought it yet.
a b U Graphics card
July 4, 2010 9:01:23 PM

i got a question about which 5570 card i should get. before there was only the normal 5570 1gb ddr3 card with a single slot fan but now i have seen HIS have a new version. its a 512mb silence gddr5 card using either a heatsink or icooler IV. no idea whether its still low profile or not. the memory clock is more then twice as fast than the normal version probably because of it using gddr5.

heatsink version- http://www.hisdigital.com/un/product2-558.shtml
icooler IV- http://www.hisdigital.com/un/product2-559.shtml

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