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Is my PSU big enough to run this card?

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August 18, 2010 6:34:59 PM

I have a 230W PSU. I am ordering a Sapphire Radeon 5670 512MB Version on Friday.

Is my PSU big enough to run this card with these system specs?

OS: Windows 7 32 Bit
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400
RAM: 2GB DDR2 (2x 512 and 1x 1GB)
Mobo: Acer F690GVM (Socket AM2)
Monitor: Hannspree 19" Widescreen @ 1440x900
HDD: 320GB Western Digital WDC WD3200AAJS-22RYA0 ATA Device (IDE)
Optical Drive: None (I use mounting programs)
Audio: Realtek Onboard

Also will my system Bottleneck the GPU?

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a b U Graphics card
August 18, 2010 8:28:40 PM

umm im using a hd5570 on a 250w power supply. a 5670 uses ~20w more so it might be a risk.
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August 18, 2010 8:32:31 PM

No, I'd upgrade 250 PSU isn't alot of power i'd buy a 350 WATT
edit: the reason I say this is if you ever want to get another Hard drive it might not have enough wattage
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a b U Graphics card
August 18, 2010 8:37:12 PM

i have a tfx power supply, the highest i can get is a 300w psu. my card works fine on the 250w power supply. its a dell power supply, the card only uses 42w maximum.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
August 18, 2010 8:43:44 PM

I would stick with the HD5570 on a 230w. The HD5670 may be asking for too much.
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August 18, 2010 9:16:43 PM

I don't plan on adding anything to this build; reason I'm buying this card is so I can game until I have the money to make a whole new build and then I'm passing this one along.

This review shows it uses under 200 watts on load: http://www.techreport.com/articles.x/18288/9

And the reviews system specs: http://www.techreport.com/articles.x/17747/4

Which are extreme compared to mine. I figured since i don't have a optical drive it should be fine?

I know I might be cutting it close, but I used to run an 8500 gt (PNY) no problem on this PSU, with the optical drive.

I won't be pushing this card to say the Crysis extreme, mostly WoW and DX10 single player games, along with some Source engines.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
August 18, 2010 9:28:38 PM

Look at the side of the PSU and tell us how many amps it claims to have on the +12v rail. This is actually the important number rather than the "230w" rating.
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August 18, 2010 9:52:33 PM

I'm not sure, looking at it right now it doesn't explicitly say it. The numbers it does have:

AC INPUT: 100-127/220-240V ~ 7/3.5A 60/50Hz

DC OUTPUT: +5V ===/ 20A MAX -12V ===/ 0.5A MAX +12V1 ===/ 10A MAX
(Chinese Lettering?): +5V(SB) ===/ 2A MAX +3.3V === 20A MAX +12V2 ===/ 13A MAX

A quick google search of the model no. I found on the PSU itself came up with this:
http://www.supernotebook.com/power-supply.php?psupart=3...
And
http://e-techsiliconvalley.com/store/index.php?main_pag...

All of the connectors it shows are the same one mine contains.

Google search: http://www.google.com/search?q=PS-6301-08A
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a b U Graphics card
August 18, 2010 9:58:37 PM

both of the links show a 300w power supply. if ur current power supply contains the same connectors it should be ok since it has a 6 pin pci-e cable, although u dont need it for the 5670. according to the writing on the label it has 2 12v rails, 10a and 13a. in that case it should work.
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August 18, 2010 10:03:46 PM

infernox_01 said:
both of the links show a 300w power supply. if ur current power supply contains the same connectors it should be ok since it has a 6 pin pci-e cable, although u dont need it for the 5670. according to the writing on the label it has 2 12v rails, 10a and 13a. in that case it should work.


Alright, thanks for the help. It's been greatly appreciated, and I even learned something.

Thank you!
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