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Will current Power Supply work with HD 6970 card

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February 28, 2011 2:14:31 AM

Hello,

I currently have a Thermaltake Toughpower W0132RU 1000W power supply that is running 2 GTX 285 cards in SLI. I'm getting a Radeon HD 6970 card to replace these and according to AMD's list of "certified" power supplies this one is not listed as being certified with the HD 6970, if fact it only goes as high as the HD 3970X2.

It seems like it would support this card as it does have 3x 6pin PCI-E and 3x 8pin PCI-E connectors. Is this just not listed as "certified" because its a older power supply now and probably not tested?

I would guess this power supply would even run 2 Radeon HD 6970 cards but I only plan to run 1 at this time.

Thoughts on if this PSU will work or if I need a new one?

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February 28, 2011 2:30:59 AM
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Certified power supplies are just the ones they have check and verified work, but 99.99% of the time it will work anyway.


The 6970 uses less power than a single GTX 285 so it wont have any trouble running one, but im rather curious why you are moving from dual GTX 285s to a single 6970 as thats a pretty big step down, a 5970 would be much closer/
February 28, 2011 2:38:21 AM

Can't certifiably say yes, but I see no reason it shouldn't.
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February 28, 2011 3:51:57 AM

hunter315 said:
Certified power supplies are just the ones they have check and verified work, but 99.99% of the time it will work anyway.


The 6970 uses less power than a single GTX 285 so it wont have any trouble running one, but im rather curious why you are moving from dual GTX 285s to a single 6970 as thats a pretty big step down, a 5970 would be much closer/



I was looking for the DX11 support and the price point being $340 as apposed to $500 for GTX 580 cards. I will probably add a second card later for the CF but at this point 1 6970 runs fairly close to SLI 285 cards in many benchmarks, but yes SLI 285 cards do have the edge in a few here and there. Its hard to find benchmarks that still show SLI 285's compairing to the newer stuff out there.

Looking at the cost of upgrading to dual Nvidia cards again over AMD cards has me bying the 6970, 2 cards for $680 range instead of $1K with marginal performance difference between them.

Last but not least my wife and sons machines need an upgrade. So i'll be spliting those 285 cards and putting one in each machine upgrading a 3870x2 in one and a even older ATI X1900 XTX card :) 

I would buy a 5970 to spendy imho. Shoot I can get 2 6970 cards cheaper and easier to find in stock :) 
March 6, 2011 11:54:07 PM

bygbyron3 said:
Can't certifiably say yes, but I see no reason it shouldn't.



It does, and even works with the AMD card as primary and the 285 GTX in there as Physx card :p  , so I'm sure it will also support a second 6970 when I order one in a month or so.
March 6, 2011 11:54:37 PM

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