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How much power does a gamepad consume?

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September 6, 2012 5:09:05 AM

I am planning to buy a gamepad but my PSU is not very good + I have a graphics card. Just wondering if it would be a good idea to buy a gamepad. Does anyone know how much power does an average PC gamepad consume? Is it a good idea to always unplug it if I am not playing any games?

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September 6, 2012 5:15:06 AM

Maximum power a USB can draw is 500ma... no idea how much that is in Watts since it can't be converted, but I don't think its much.
a b ) Power supply
a c 177 U Graphics card
September 6, 2012 5:27:23 AM

5 watts on usb 2.0. Reading from your other thread, you have an i3 and 6770? on a 600w cm psu. If so you got over 100w to spare. The psu is not good but it's not bad.
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September 6, 2012 6:38:10 AM



thanks for the info, guys. I guess I'll have no problem if its always plugged on with my computer.
a b U Graphics card
September 6, 2012 11:54:03 AM

USB ports are always powered, so its not like a USB gamepad is going to increase power draw any. And if 5W (USB2 spec) is enough to break the PSU, then you have other problems to worry about.
a b ) Power supply
a b U Graphics card
September 6, 2012 10:10:54 PM

sorry guys but usb2 is no different than usb1 = 5v @ 0.5a = 2.5w
usb3 raises the bar to 0.9a = 4.5w
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