Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question
Solved

Am I Crossfire ready?

Last response: in Systems
Share
October 7, 2010 8:35:13 AM

Hi Guys :)  A couple months ago I built this system:
AMD Athlon II x3 445 [Unlocked to Phenom II x4 B45, overclocked to 3.7GHz by increasing to about 240 x15.5]
Radeon HD 5770, not overclocked
Asus M4A79XTD Evo. Supports Crossfire at x8/x8.
Kingston 4GB [2x2GB] DDR3-1333 RAM
Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB
Zalman CNPS9700NT Cooler
Antec 300
Corsair VX-550W PSU


I built it as such so that I could add a second 5770 in the future... but I think I should've gotten a different PSU e.g. Antec EA-650W or something for crossfire.



Do I have enough power to add in a second 5770? The eXtreme Power Supply Calculator recommends a PSU of at least 440W to me, but that sounds awfully low, even though the 5xxx series are pretty good regarding power usage.

And for reference, yes I would be willing to undo the CPU overclock or even just re-lock the 4th core and L3 cache if it would help me.


Thanks!

More about : crossfire ready

a b B Homebuilt system
October 7, 2010 9:29:38 AM

The PSU is good for CF, you can keep the CPU as it is.
m
0
l

Best solution

a b B Homebuilt system
October 7, 2010 11:38:03 AM

5770s are very light on Wattage. Each one has a TDP of only 160W (Maximum) so to Xfire that'd be 320W leaving 230W for the rest of the system. I believe the chip only uses either 65W or 95W, so that still leaves at least 125W. And since it's a Corsair PSU, it will reliable give you all 550W

So to answer your question, go head and Crossfire!
Share
Related resources
October 8, 2010 10:53:29 AM

I guess that's as straightforward as it gets, thanks for the help guys :) 
m
0
l
October 8, 2010 10:53:48 AM

Best answer selected by rzilla91.
m
0
l
a b B Homebuilt system
October 8, 2010 10:59:19 AM

Thanks for the best answer. Should be my 50th for a silver badge :) 
m
0
l
!