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Ok people on here were telling me that 750w was too little for my GTX 480s. But I've been running them perfectly fine with crysis and all that and my CPU @4.5ghz. Now my question is there a way to view how much wattage I'm using? Software wise not hardware wise since I don't have cash right now. I just want to see how many watts I'm actually using so I can determine if I can atleast overclock my cards to 800MHz. Thanks :]
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You have to get a Kill a watt monitor but thats wall pull not machine useage, (inefficently)
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As above, there is no pure software that can measure draw.

Also as above, a psu will always pull MORE from the wall that it puts out the other end - energy is lost in the transformation.

As an example, I measured a draw of almost 900W from my 650W antec unit...but that was being a bit silly
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Originally Posted by andrewmchugh View Post
You have to get a Kill a watt monitor but thats wall pull not machine useage, (inefficently)
After calculating your PSU's average efficiency you can get a pretty good idea of what your PC's internals are pulling together and if you're close to your PSU specification.
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Originally Posted by Cryptedvick View Post
After calculating your PSU's average efficiency you can get a pretty good idea of what your PC's internals are pulling together and if you're close to your PSU specification.
Well it says 80plus on it I just really want to know if I can atleast get my 2 480s to atleast 800/2000
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At absolute maximum load, you would likely be reaching or coming close to 700-750W DC on a TX750. There is no purely software-based method of seeing power draw, but as stated, physical, at-the-wall meters exist, just don't forget about efficiency when you read them.
 
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