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Dell's powersupply 8800gt

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December 28, 2010 11:48:26 AM

Hello,

Since 2008, I got a Dell vostro 410 with an old nvidia 8800gt (G92) (which died 2 times). The power supply is a 350 watt. But what I dont understand is, that people say the 8800GT needs more..

Is this a failure of Dell??? :S

Thank you!
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December 28, 2010 12:24:50 PM

Please tell me what your full system specifications are (processor, memory etc..) so I can diagnose the problem here.
December 28, 2010 12:27:19 PM

Thanks for your comment.

I have an:
Intel Quadcore Q6600 running at 2,4 GHz.
4 GB RAM.

My videocard is running great now for about a half year (though I didnt play a game) , however the temperature on idle is 70 degrees. But I still don't know if the PSU can handle it.
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a b U Graphics card
December 28, 2010 12:35:10 PM

Well 350w should be enough, 29 amperes on the +12V rail(s) combined too.
70 centigrade idle is terrible, perhaps time for a new card? Or perhaps some heatsink
December 28, 2010 12:36:16 PM

Thanks mate!!! :D 

I'm sure my videocard will die soon, do you think a 9800GT would work on the psu? I heard its almost the same as the 8800gt
December 28, 2010 12:40:38 PM

Dell PSU's are understated compared to other brands'. That's is, 350W is not its max output, but it's continuous output. The difference is that most PSU's are labelled by their max wattage, that's where you need to remember that Dell's are different.

a b U Graphics card
December 28, 2010 12:43:25 PM

A 9800GT is the same as a 8800GT with the exception of manufacturing process. 8800GT uses 65nm technology whereas the 9800GT uses 55nm therefore I think using slightly less power. I used to use the XFX 9800GT 512MB and it is very decent graphics card!
December 28, 2010 12:46:13 PM

Thank you very much!!
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December 28, 2010 1:55:53 PM

omnisome said:
A 9800GT is the same as a 8800GT with the exception of manufacturing process. 8800GT uses 65nm technology whereas the 9800GT uses 55nm therefore I think using slightly less power. I used to use the XFX 9800GT 512MB and it is very decent graphics card!

Not all 9800GT's are 55nm, some are 65nm.

@OP, try cleaning out the cards HSF or replacing it with a Zalman VF900 or similar.
December 28, 2010 1:57:29 PM

The card is dust free. When Dell replaced my card with another one, it was 69-70 too. They told me the G92 (first shipment) run hot.
:( 

Thanks again for the advice. =)
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December 28, 2010 2:00:25 PM

skipito said:
The card is dust free. When Dell replaced my card with another one, it was 69-70 too. They told me the G92 (first shipment) run hot.
:( 

Thanks again for the advice. =)

My 8800GT's barely reach 60c under load and run at 35 -37c when idle, if yours have the single slot cooler then that is the problem.
December 28, 2010 2:02:27 PM

Yeah. It's the singleslot.

Do you have the first shipment card too? Which looks like this:



I have been told that nvidia made something wrong with the soldiring or something..

It's still under warranty so I will buy a new one in a few months I think. :) 

I was thinking of removing a couple expansion slots.. Maybe the temperature will go down a bit lol. ;P

Thanks
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December 28, 2010 2:07:37 PM

Yes mine had single slot coolers as well but I replaced them immediately as I had a pair of 7900GT's with VF900's on. The baking of the card in an oven only really applies if the card starts "bombing out" with memory errors for simple overheating you just want to change that cooler.
December 28, 2010 2:09:22 PM

Ok thanks :) 
!