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HD 6870, psu question

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
March 4, 2012 5:03:32 PM


I've been advised for a decent upgrade to buy a 6870 which i was about to do but then I was told I need 2 6 pin connectors on the psu. I've had a look at my psu and it would appear to only have 1. Is there an adaptor i could use to be able to have the 2 connectors or would i have to replace the psu aswell?? Or is there a card that is still going to be a decent upgrade from a 4800 series (not sure of exact model) that only uses one connector??

thanks in advance for any help :) 


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a b U Graphics card
March 4, 2012 5:20:22 PM

The 6850 only requires one plug.

It really depends on which 4800 series card you have. For instance, if you have a 4870, neither card would be an upgrade in speed.

Also assuming you have a decent quality 500w PSU to run the newer cards. It should be at least 80 plus certified.

As for the extra 6 pin PCIe plug, you can always get an adapter like this.
March 4, 2012 5:31:45 PM

The psu I have is HEC-550VP-2DE. I believe GFX card is a 4850, dxdiag says ATI radeon HD 4800 series, approx total memory 244mb.
a b U Graphics card
March 4, 2012 7:47:04 PM

Your PSU is not the best, but should be fine. The 6870 would be the best upgrade. Just get a PSU adapter like the one I linked to.