I currently run a HD 4850 with a Corsair 450w psu. I'm looking upgrade the graphics card ready for Diablo 3 and other future Blizzard releases - however i am concerned and confused about what to do.
On AMD's website, it states that the 6850 that i'm considering getting, should be run on a 500w psu minimum. Now i currently run a 4850 on my system with a 450w Corsair psu no problem, yet the 4850 is said to be more power hungry than the 6850. This surely can't be true, as the 6850 has better performance than the 4850, but requires LESS wattage? :S
Thanks alot for the replies! That's a relief, even though my 4850 is 512mb not 1gb.....would this make a big difference?
I'm just confused on why the minimum recommended psu for the 6850 on AMD's website is 500w, while it uses less power AND is more powerful than the 4850!
HD 6850 is newer tech, and it's manufactured smaller than HD 4850. That's why it's more powerful (smaller means they can put more transistors in same size) and uses less energy (lesser transistors use less energy).