Originally Posted by TwoCables
Pulling 700W from a wall outlet means that the system pulls about 595W from the PSU.
I'm not saying that I think a system that has three GTX 580s would work with a quality 850W unit, but I'm just pointing out that the power draw at the wall is not the measurement to go by. It can only be used to approximate how much power the system is pulling from the power supply.
I know. What is measured at the wall is a gross overstatement due to whats lost to heat, inefficiency, etc. I still feel its a good (if inaccurate) way of determining though. But thats probably because PSUs arent something I specialize in.
Are they usually rated for their actual output or how much they can pull?
i.e. is an 850w able to actually provide 850? or is that the most it is capable of sucking down?
Originally Posted by Princess Garnet
I think it's the Corsair 1000HX you may be thinking of? I think it was Shub who said the HX1050 is one of the best PSUs in it's wattage league, or something similar, for the price.
Oops. Good catch.
Ill go back and Edit that.