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January 21, 2011 6:26:14 PM

I currently have a Zalman ZM600-HP with my current system it is more then adequate, however with a new system coming up I am most worried about the requirements of my new gpu (AMD radeon 6950). It requires two 75W 6 pin PCI Express connectors which it sort of has (it's an sli ready psu with 2 6pin pci express connectors) however what about watts I just can't seem to figure out if it is has enough (not that great with the electrical side of things).

Link to zalman website:
http://www.zalman.com/ENG/product/Product_Read.asp?idx=...

I could really use some explaining about it since I rather not fry my new card.
Hope you guys can help me.
Thanks for reading.

PS: My apologies if this is a uber n00b question I am just a confused little b..guy:p 

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January 21, 2011 6:35:24 PM

I have faith in the amount of total wattage my problem lies in the 75watt per pci express connecter. I don't know if it has that and the zalman site doesn't give me any answers either.
I would think it should provide enough but it's not something I want to risk my 260bucks gfx card on. I already fried 1 gfx card before because I was being ill advised and I'm trying to avoide a repeat.
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January 21, 2011 6:42:28 PM

You have 4 12 volt rails capable of 16 amps each, meaning each rail (including the PCI-Express connecters) is capable of 192 watts but the max total for all 4 of the 12v rails is 504 watts. Which is more than is needed by your graphics card.

(The PCI-Express connecters are on the 12v rails, which is listed in that link)

TL;DR You are good to go.
January 21, 2011 6:46:09 PM

Thanks a lot I never understood these basics (haven't had physics in a long long time) and this makes everything perfectly clear.
kudos to you sir.
January 21, 2011 10:59:51 PM

If the PCI-E connector has 6 pins then it is the 75W variety. The only other type of PCI-E connector availabe at the moment is 8-pins and those delivers 150W.
January 21, 2011 11:16:04 PM

Silvune said:
If the PCI-E connector has 6 pins then it is the 75W variety. The only other type of PCI-E connector availabe at the moment is 8-pins and those delivers 150W.


Right. Regardless though, the PSU should be sufficient for a 6950.
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