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November 19, 2011 12:10:35 PM

Hey so I wanted to buy an ATI Radeon 5850 which requires 2x6pin connectors to power the card, however, my power supply only has one 6-pin connector. Does this card REQUIRE 2 of the 6pin pci connectors to run, or as long as there is enough power going through the single connector it will still run?

Additionally I was wondering if my PSU can support the 5850. I currently have an Antec 430W green.


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November 19, 2011 12:13:39 PM

The card needs the two 6 pin to run properly. I suggest you upgrade your power supply to at least 500W.
a c 126 U Graphics card
November 19, 2011 12:15:52 PM

Yes the card would require both 6 pin connectors, your PSU isn't designed to power such cards, hence the single 6 pin connector.
AMD recommend a PSU with atleast 500W, although your PSU is of good quality it just doesnt have the power for a HD5850 (+ The rest of your PC)
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November 19, 2011 12:35:08 PM

Alright so follow-up question,

I was looking at the 5850 due to its performance over the 6850, but the 6850 is more efficient and draws much less power. (And it also only need 1 6-pin connector)

This should work with my PSU right?

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November 19, 2011 12:38:16 PM

I'm pretty sure a 5850 is 151 watts. The PCI express slot supplies 75 watts, and a 6 pin PCI express connector supplies 75 watts. A better choice for your situation may be a 6850 which should be similarly priced with similar performance but uses about 30 watts less and only requires one PCI express 6 pin.

You may be ok with purchasing a molex adapter and using that for the second connector
usually one or two of these will be included with a new card anyways.
November 19, 2011 12:40:51 PM

I would rather have a 5850 personally, but with new DX11 games that do tesselation and stuff, the performance is pretty close with a 6850.
November 19, 2011 10:42:47 PM

Best answer selected by bozoisundead.