Originally Posted by Hooy
This is what I mean by mixed answers, lol! Thanks for the help gents. I'd love to hear 3rd opinions on this.
Also, no one has answered, but will a molex to 6 pin be safe? I've seen a couple of threads about them catching fire...
I mentioned the molex earlier, but it was edited in too late I think? I don't remember. They're fine unless the connections go loose, as with most things.
If you want CPU power figures, you can kind of guess based on system load differences—note that additional power is lost in the power supply (seeing as they are measuring at the wall) and VRMs:
Power consumption of GTX 560 Ti isolated from the rest of the system:
FYI companies define TDP in different ways, but generally you'd expect that actual power consumption can't be too much higher than TDP, or else the cooling system wouldn't be able to handle the thermal load... assuming the stock cooling is only spec'd to handle around the level specified. So it's roughly around what full load power draw would be usually. GTX 560 Ti listed TDP is 170W and Phenom II X4 965 is either 140W or 125W, depending on the revision.