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Asus EAH 6850 on Antec EA-500D?

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November 10, 2011 9:32:20 PM

Hello, I installed a new 6850 card and plugged in two required additional power cables from my old Antec EA-500D 500W PSU. I managed to install drivers and run unigine benchmark but 5 minutes later the screen went black and I couldn't get Windows to boot for 5 minutes after using the power button to turn it off. I tried changing the power cables but the screen always locks up after a while (especially after a benchmark). The graphics card requires a minimum 500W PSU with 12V 40A rating, but I don't know how to check for that rating. Is my PSU too weak? What should I get instead? Or could there be some other problem? My old card was a 5750 radeon and worked ok.
November 10, 2011 10:22:47 PM

Your psu should be fine i think, will have a look at that but Antec is very good.

Did you remove the old drivers ?
November 10, 2011 10:27:34 PM

Psu is ; Two 12V rails rated at 22A each and a combined rating of 444W (37A).

It's not 40 but still.

How old is old ?

Did you monitor temperatures ?
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November 10, 2011 11:17:08 PM

does the issue only happen on benchmarks or gaming & benchmarks?

it could be a temp issue but like robjordy stated, assuming your PSU is fine it is more the up to the task to power your PC.
November 11, 2011 6:16:37 AM

Thank you for your answers, I really appreciate it!

I did not remove the old drivers, I should probably do that because the screen went blank half a minute after the benchmark, while in... Windows, just surfing (i guess Flash could cause the crash).
I assumed the problem was hardware because Windows didn't boot up after I unplugged everything for about 10 seconds, and also I think I can hear a strange sound when the crash happens.
Is it enough to just uninstall Catalyst and remove drivers from device manager, or do you recommend some 3rd party program? I could just reinstall Windows...

I have 64bit Windows 7 (on an older generation i7 with 6GB of ram and 1TB caviar black, there are no other power spenders). PSU is actually not that old, about a year and a half (SC2beta timing).

I didn't try any gaming yet. Finally, about temperatures... I just ran catalyst control center and went to overdrive tab. Everything was disabled there, and the temperature reading was 60 C with about 40 % fan speed, 10 seconds after the benchmark... and then I start using the PC normally and the crash happens between half a minute and two minutes later. So I guess it's not temperature related.
November 11, 2011 11:45:20 AM

Ok it seems to work ok now, I even got 10% better results in the benchmark. I couldn't find working link for drivesweeper, and its been discontinued so there's no win7 version. I just put the old card in, uninstalled all ATI software, restarted to safe mode, uninstalled and deleted the drivers, replaced the card, uninstalled drivers again, and installed the latest catalyst. The network cable was unplugged the whole time so windows wouldn't try to be helpful with automatic driver updates.
And it seems to be very stable :) 

Thank you for your help! I saw the 22A mark on the PSU and was preparing to buy a new one, didn't know I should divide 444W with 12V to get 37A.
November 14, 2011 3:29:06 PM

You've got two rails, each 22A, you can't just add them up but i saw it has a combined amp of 37. ( don't know why it's not 44a, still don't know why you just can't add up the two )
November 14, 2011 7:10:11 PM

GreenDutchAlien said:
You've got two rails, each 22A, you can't just add them up but i saw it has a combined amp of 37. ( don't know why it's not 44a, still don't know why you just can't add up the two )


because it's not actually two separate rails but rather a split on a single rail (like just about any PSU under 1000w)

so on his 12v rail he has 37a giving him 444w. to find the amps you would just take the watts and divide by the rail.
November 15, 2011 4:54:19 AM

Right, thank you. But why doesn't it say it's got 18,5A on each rail then ? Weird stuff. And how is it possible i've got 90A on a 750W psu ? I saw a 850W with 70A ???
Puzzeld !
November 15, 2011 11:29:05 AM

GreenDutchAlien said:
Right, thank you. But why doesn't it say it's got 18,5A on each rail then ? Weird stuff. And how is it possible i've got 90A on a 750W psu ? I saw a 850W with 70A ???
Puzzeld !


ill give you an example to answer both questions

my antec 550w has 45a on its 12v rail but split 4x @ 20a. Obviously it doesn't have 80a on the 12v rail but the 20a is really just a cap on each split for the short circuit protection.

the cooler master silent pro 600w and corsair cx600 v2 state more wattage on their PSU but actually offer less power on their 12v rail (40a)

the coolmax NW-650B 650w offers the same 45a on its 12v rail but states its 100w more powerful then my antec.

simply put not all PSU are built similar, there can be a large difference between any two. Cheaper units will carry more power on their 3.3 & 5v rails (older design) while better units tend to carry most of their power on the 12v rail that powers modern PC hardware.

this article should help you out
http://www.anandtech.com/show/3985/three-550w-psus-for-...
November 15, 2011 3:02:22 PM

Oke, very informative, thanks for that.
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