Can my power supply handle this?

So I'll start off by listing my current specs:
2500k@4.4Ghz
8GB Corsair Vengeance 1600mhz
2 250GB HDD Raid 0
4870 512mb
OCZ ModXStream 500W
W7 64bit

I have recently been give some computer parts from a friend. Among these parts is a 9800GX2. However, I believe he said it only reads on of the 9800's when you use it, and that it has heat problems. Now, I know it might not run good, but I simply want to try it in my PC and see if it will work.

-Will my my power supply handle it? Would it handle it at load? At idle? If not, would it even make much of a difference if I ran the 2500k at stock?

-If only one of the cards does work/is detected, will the other one draw power or will it simply act like a single 9800GTX?

-Say both of them worked, and it functioned completely as a 9800GX2 and I could manage the heat. Would that be more powerful than my current 4870?
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  1. trogdor796 said:
    So I'll start off by listing my current specs:
    2500k@4.4Ghz
    8GB Corsair Vengeance 1600mhz
    2 250GB HDD Raid 0
    4870 512mb
    OCZ ModXStream 500W
    W7 64bit

    I have recently been give some computer parts from a friend. Among these parts is a 9800GX2. However, I believe he said it only reads on of the 9800's when you use it, and that it has heat problems. Now, I know it might not run good, but I simply want to try it in my PC and see if it will work.

    -Will my my power supply handle it? Would it handle it at load? At idle? If not, would it even make much of a difference if I ran the 2500k at stock?

    -If only one of the cards does work/is detected, will the other one draw power or will it simply act like a single 9800GTX?

    -Say both of them worked, and it functioned completely as a 9800GX2 and I could manage the heat. Would that be more powerful than my current 4870?


    From Nvidia's site
    Thermal and Power Specs:
    Maximum GPU Temperature (in C) 105 C
    Maximum Graphics Card Power (W) 197 W
    Minimum Recommended System Power (W) 580 W
    Supplementary Power Connectors 6-pin & 8-pin
  2. Hmmmm. Well, I think thats over the power my 4870 draws. However, just to see what it's detected as and how the heat is, I could power it if I just stay in windows correct? And not run a game or anything?
  3. I wouldn't do it! It's too risky - you don't want to over-volt you system because of your PSU dieing....
  4. But it would like barely draw power just in windows correct?
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