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What Power Supply Wattage Do You Need For a MSI GTX 680 Lightning?

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November 22, 2012 5:08:05 AM

What is the minimum PSU wattage needed to run a MSI GTX 680 Lightning? It's 550W, right? I've been trying to look it up, but the thing is, however, IT'S NOT CLEARLY STATED ANYWHERE! Could somebody who knows tell me, please? Thanks.
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November 22, 2012 5:14:25 AM

http://www.geforce.co.uk/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-...

According to Nvidia minimum is 550W.

But it really depends on the rest of our system. If you have a decent 550W PSU then you have no worries. If you are purchasing a new PSU then tell us your system specs and we can help you much better.
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November 22, 2012 5:20:51 AM

Quote:
Power Consumption
We measured the power consumption of our testbed equipped with different graphics cards using a multifunctional Zalman ZM-MFC3 panel, which can report how much power a computer (without the monitor) draws from a wall outlet. There were two test modes: 2D (editing documents in Microsoft Word or web surfing) and 3D (three runs of Metro 2033: The Last Refuge benchmark in 2560x1440 resolution with maximum image quality settings).

Here are the results:


keep in mind that is an overclocked sandy bride-E test system and will use a bit more than a sandy/ivy set up ( ~50 watts or more.) edit: and that is from the wall not what the PSU is putting out.

oppsss forgot a link to the review:
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/graphics/display/msi-n...
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November 22, 2012 5:55:14 AM

Novuake said:
http://www.geforce.co.uk/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-...

According to Nvidia minimum is 550W.

But it really depends on the rest of our system. If you have a decent 550W PSU then you have no worries. If you are purchasing a new PSU then tell us your system specs and we can help you much better.


I've had the PSU for 3 years. Would it still be viable? It's handling everything else rather well, I say. Though, this is minus the GPU.

CPU: AMD FX-8350 Vishera ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819113284 )

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD5 AM3+ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813128509

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1866 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820233281

Storage: SAMSUNG 840 Series 2.5" 250GB SATA III TLC SSD ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820147189 )

Power Supply: COOLER MASTER Real Power Pro 550W ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] %29&Page=1 ) (I pulled this artifact from an old rig. Yeah.)
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November 22, 2012 6:47:59 AM

coolermaster PSU or hot or miss with mostly miss. if you look at a PSU database:
http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page364.htm
you will see that PSU was made by AcBel Polytech. now there are no reviews of your peticular PSU but every review of a CM made by that OEM on hardware secrets had some problem, either couldn't provided its rated wattage, had a lot of ripple and noise on the 12 volt rail, got hot or couldn't provide the "rated efficiency" ie was bronze but not silver.

you seemed to not have any problems so far but, if you are going to add another component to your system and put more of a load on that, i would highly suggest you consider getting a better PSU such as:

XFX 550W PRO550W Core Edition Our Price: $63.99 USD
After Mail In Rebate: $53.99 USD
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November 22, 2012 6:57:19 AM

Wait.... what kind of cpu do you have if it's a amd cpu your going to need to oc hard otherwise bottleneck
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November 22, 2012 8:09:24 AM

bigcyco1 said:
Wait.... what kind of cpu do you have if it's a amd cpu your going to need to oc hard otherwise bottleneck


Keep it relevant to the OPs question please...
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November 22, 2012 8:11:59 AM

klinkklink said:
What is the minimum PSU wattage needed to run a MSI GTX 680 Lightning? It's 550W, right? I've been trying to look it up, but the thing is, however, IT'S NOT CLEARLY STATED ANYWHERE! Could somebody who knows tell me, please? Thanks.


Vishera is pretty power hungry. Coolermaster PSU are, as looniam said, hit or mis. I would say you SHOULD be fine, but as soon as you can afford a new PSU, get one of a more reliable brand and higher wattage.

DO NOT overclock with your current PSU, it would strain it too much.
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November 22, 2012 8:48:00 AM

Novuake said:
Keep it relevant to the OPs question please...
It is i was helping him earlier so i know.I am not going to tell him to buy a 680.If he has a cpu to weak.
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November 22, 2012 9:16:26 AM

bigcyco1 said:
It is i was helping him earlier so i know.I am not going to tell him to buy a 680.If he has a cpu to weak.


The FX8350 is good enough for GTX680.
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November 22, 2012 9:43:08 AM

Novuake said:
The FX8350 is good enough for GTX680.
we shall see i guess don't you think he'll need to overclock it.
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November 22, 2012 10:04:09 AM

bigcyco1 said:
we shall see i guess don't you think he'll need to overclock it.


NEED no, do I think he should? Yes. But since from what I can gather, he is on a budget. He should save up for a very good PSU first. THEN and only then does he need a cooler to overclock. He can not OC a Vishera on such an unreliable low wattage PSU.
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November 22, 2012 10:31:15 AM

Novuake said:
NEED no, do I think he should? Yes. But since from what I can gather, he is on a budget. He should save up for a very good PSU first. THEN and only then does he need a cooler to overclock. He can not OC a Vishera on such an unreliable low wattage PSU.
If he can afford a 680 he should be able to afford a decent power supply.If not then he shouldn't buy a 680.I think we pretty much agree. ;) 
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November 22, 2012 11:09:35 AM

A nice Corsair 600 watts or seasonic 600 watts
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November 22, 2012 5:10:45 PM

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