Radeon 6870 and OCZ PSU question

Hello,

I'm considering buying a XFX/Sapphire Radeon 6870. I have an OCZ StealthXStream 700W PSU, which has been fine for the last three years or so with my Radeon 4870 (512MB), but in checking the AMD certified PSUs today, the StealthXStream isn't listed. All I can see are the GameXStream and the EliteXStream.

I'm just wondering if my PSU will in fact be safe with the 6870 or is there good reason for the StealthXStream not being listed?

Thanks.
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  1. It isn't lested because it is older. Although older I'll assume it's in good shape as I doubt the current system with that 4870 has ever put any pressure on that PSU.
  2. according to http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx
    StealthXStreams from before December 2007 Are not great.
    In general OCZ PSU's manufactured before this are not very good.

    With powersupplies it is always a matter of risk. In most cases even really cheap ones perform fine as long as you dont go beyond 70-85% of its rating. But the cheaper/worse it is, the bigger the risk it will suddenly go poof. And there is always a risk it takes something with it.
    There is also a chance it will cause other components to wear out faster, not to mention make it harder to overclock things.

    In short, you choose how much money you spend on your power supply, 700W should be enough for that GPU, even with some room to spare.
  3. Can you suggest any software that will measure the wattage my machine is currently using? In building the computer I was very finicky in making sure my hardware didn't exceed the 700W before buying anything, but I don't have any idea how much headroom I have for the 6870.

    I believe the 6870 uses around 250W on load, which would be 100W more than the 4870.
  4. It has plenty of power for your system and the 6870. Al-though age maybe a factor if you had a meatier card - but you don't..... If there isn't a problem, then don't fix it!
  5. The HD 6870 only uses around 150 watts on full load.

    Full system power draw on full load for ALL of the components together is ~350W.

    On average, the HD 6870 should only use around 5 more watts.

    Short answer : You'll be fine.
  6. yummerzzz said:
    The HD 6870 only uses around 150 watts on full load.

    Full system power draw on full load for ALL of the components together is ~350W.

    On average, the HD 6870 should only use around 5 more watts.

    Short answer : You'll be fine.



    Here 247W is stated as load.
    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2010/10/22/ati-radeon-hd-6870-review/9
  7. Ok, good good. Thanks
  8. If you want to objectively, accurately and scientifically determine what PSU power is required for your Vid card and PC in both watts and 12v rail amps., the forum Utility link below will show you how easy it is to calculate this information and objectively determine which PSUs are quality built, reliable PSUs that can meet your needs. Be advised that the available 12v rail amps. is just as important as the total PSU wattage. You need both to be correct.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/314712-28-please-read-determine-power-required
  9. I've already checked that Beenthere, it's perfectly fine.

  10. +1
  11. Thanks for the thorough help guys.
  12. Euch, Skyrim actually. ;)
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