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Best graphics card on a 500w power supply?

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August 2, 2012 3:16:42 PM

Just wondering what (in your opinion) is the best graphics card that can run comfortably on a 500w PSU?

No fanboy-ism please :p 
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August 2, 2012 3:28:53 PM

It depends on what your other components are. Most graphics cards should be able to run on 500W though.
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August 2, 2012 3:37:44 PM

homerhellboy223 said:
ATI x1950 pro > or get a bigger power supply

That's frikkin hilarious :lol: 
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August 2, 2012 3:51:40 PM

GTX670 recommended PSU from EVGA "Minimum of a 500 Watt power supply."
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August 2, 2012 3:58:04 PM

To be safe get a psu with 600w.
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August 2, 2012 4:04:46 PM

Depends on the quality of your 500 watt PS.

Dave
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August 2, 2012 4:13:57 PM

As DavidY just said, it depends on the quality of the "500W" PSU. If it is truly capable of 500W (e.g. a Seasonic, Antec, or Corsair), you could run a HD7950 or GTX570 on it. If it is a CM, Logisys, Apevia, or Diablotek, the label is a lie, and it is probably capable of no more than 430W (CM) or 300W (the others). On the CM, you'd be able to run a HD7770. On the others, nothing more than a HD7750.
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August 2, 2012 4:28:26 PM

you can run agtx 680 comfortably on a good 500 watter
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August 3, 2012 2:14:04 AM

Thanks for the responses guys. I'm currently running a single GTX 460 with no issues. Which card would offer me the greatest increase in performance?
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August 3, 2012 9:52:27 AM

Once again, it depends on the quality of your PSU; whether it is truly capable of providing 500W. Please provide its brand and model.
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August 3, 2012 10:14:53 PM

Although HardwareSecrets found a number of Rocketfish PSUs that burned well under their labelled rating, that appears to be a newer one. I confirmed on 80plus.org that it is 80+ certified, which means it was tested at 100% of its label. You could safely run a HD7870 or even a HD7950 on it.
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August 4, 2012 9:09:31 PM

Onus said:
Although HardwareSecrets found a number of Rocketfish PSUs that burned well under their labelled rating, that appears to be a newer one. I confirmed on 80plus.org that it is 80+ certified, which means it was tested at 100% of its label. You could safely run a HD7870 or even a HD7950 on it.

Yeah that seems to be the general opinion. While some Rocketfish can be janky this one has rather nice reviews. I've been running it for a year with no problems. I'll probably go with the Radeon 7950.
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August 4, 2012 9:16:39 PM

Hope that you didn't pay $129 for that Rocketfish PS. OUCH!!!

Dave
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August 4, 2012 9:38:22 PM

DavidY said:
Hope that you didn't pay $129 for that Rocketfish PS. OUCH!!!

Dave


I know right? I believe I price matched it and got it for like $100, and that was a year ago. Still, could have gone a lot cheaper. But I got major discounts on the rest of the lot so I'm not too fussed :p 
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August 6, 2012 3:03:59 AM

Best answer selected by 2nddimension.
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August 7, 2012 12:07:49 AM

Thanks. Post another thread if you'd like assistance choosing the actual card based on your budget, resolution, and the games you play.
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August 7, 2012 3:22:56 PM

Onus said:
Thanks. Post another thread if you'd like assistance choosing the actual card based on your budget, resolution, and the games you play.


Yup, I plan on it!
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