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Which PSU should be used with a 6850?

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October 30, 2011 10:59:56 PM

Hi all

I am planning to upgrade my old 3870x2 with a 6850.

I just wanted to ask, will i need to upgrade my psu - im aware the 3870x2 is very power hungry and the 6850 is quite power efficient.

So question is would i be ok with keeping the same psu ?



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a b U Graphics card
October 30, 2011 11:30:31 PM

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a c 197 U Graphics card
October 30, 2011 11:37:36 PM

Logically, if your PSU can run 3870x2 just fine then you'll be okay running a single HD6850. But again, we need more info here just to be sure, tell us your FULL specs, first.
CPU? RAM? board? PSU? Monitor? Budget?
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November 1, 2011 9:53:42 PM

Took the logical route and fitted the 6850 today....

Very pleased , been on it all afternoon/evening.

PSU seems to handle it pretty well no crashes or anything.

i was surprised by the performance gains - I have a stock 2.4ghz q6600 with 4gb ddr2ram.

with the 3870x2 battlefield 3 was getting 25-30 on medium settings.

with the 6850 I can play on ultra at 1080p (deferred anti aliasing off) and it never drops below 40 fps averages about 50 fps

I was surprised because so many forums had said my q6600 would severely bottleneck a 6850 :/ 
a c 197 U Graphics card
November 2, 2011 12:15:28 AM

I think it do bottlenecking your 6850. I'm pretty sure if you OC it a little bit (let say 3.0GHz or above) you'll get better fps (maybe 60+). Try it out. :) 
November 18, 2011 7:52:53 AM

What powersupply do you have?

I have Antec truepower trio 650w power supply
and GA-EP35-DS3
ATI Radeon HD3870x2

Also thinking of doing the same upgrade but unsure if it will be compatible with my system