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http://www.gpureview.com/show_cards....=518&card2=608
Wow 215W That's more than the HD 4890
HothBase, is that total draw from the card or total system draw? If that's the total draw from the video card then that explains it hahah wow

Thanks for the linkage
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HothBase, is that total draw from the card or total system draw? If that's the total draw from the video card then that explains it hahah wow

Thanks for the linkage
That's the maximum power draw for the card only. No problem. I love that site.
 
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That's the maximum power draw for the card only. No problem. I love that site.
HothBase, if that is the case then that might be why Decimate is running into problems
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Is that info for real?

That's a crazy-hungry card. Make that TWO crazy-hungry cards!
    
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Hmm...but would load power draw make a difference? I'm just trying to get the system to POST. Wouldn't the cards only reach load draw under heavy gaming or something along those lines? On system startup I would assume the power draw is minimal...

Also, a 2900XT require at least two 2x3-pin connectors to run with the option of using one 2x4-pin connector and one 2x3-pin connector instead. I tried booting using four 2x3-pin connectors as well as two 2x3-pin connectors and two 2x4-pin connectors and both times the system didn't POST.
Edited by decimator - 7/6/09 at 5:02pm
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Yeah, Firing Squad confirms you need 215 W per card at stock speed. That is, about 18 A per card. The only power supply that AMD certifies for crossfire with 2900 XT crossfire is the Thermaltake Toughpower 850W. This is not to say that it is the ONLY power supply that can run those cards, merely that it is the only one certified to do so. Do you have a friend who has a bigger PSU you can borrow just to test? Have you tried underclocking your CPU prior to installing the second card? (Try running it at 5x200 @ 1.100 V for example; run the memory at DDR 200, 3-3-3-8-2T for lowest power consumption.) For added assurance, try unplugging all unneeded optical and hard drives to see if we can get it to POST with two cards.

I have noticed at POST, most things go to 100% load, and then dial back to their idle conditions.
     
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Hue his problems are hardware related, IMO. From what I gather, he has 2 2900XT's, both work just fine. Both of the PCIex16 slots work individually but when both cards are inserted there is no POST. (Sounds a lot like the problem I was having with mine).


Decimate, are those cards powered by the motherboard or separately via PCIe power leads off of the PSU? Depending on your answer, I might have a suggestion.


HOW the @!#$!@ Did I miss the no POST! I wondered why Joe asked about beep codes.

For some reason I was thinking the problem was both would not work in crossfire. But I did write that after some friends dropped by we had some beers and I just woke up!

EDIT: sounds like you guys found the culprit, some of those 2900's eat power like mad. I think me and hoth had that discusion (which he corrected me ) about 2 dozen pages back! LOL good luck finding iT!

this thread cruises!
Edited by Hueristic - 7/6/09 at 5:16pm
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Guys, does the 2900XT come with the Crossfire bridge? Or does it do Crossfire via the old-style external dongle?

Maybe there's something wrong with either the Crossfire bridge or in its installation?
    
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The HD 2900 XT comes with internal crossfire bridges.
     
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I was thinking about decimates issue of not POSTing.

Decimate, how do you know its not POSTing? Are you sure that there just is no video being output? Thats actually what happened to me. With both cards installed, it would go through this cyclical reboot, then eventually would sound like its starting up. I would let it go for about a minute. Then I would hit ctrl+alt_del, then alt+u, then u. That will shut the rig down. Lo and behold the rig would shut down. So I realized that I indeed was posting and getting all the way to windows I was just not getting any display.

After a bunch of removing the cards and reinstalling the cards, I accidentally forgot to plug the lower card in (bridge installed). It booted all the way through to windows no problem. I shut the rig down, hooked up the power supply to it, and wouldn't you know it, everything worked after that.
But the strange thing was that even with the card unplugged, everything about it worked. The 3 LED's lit up on POST and the fan spun like it was plugged in. Maybe when I started it up that way it forced power to run through a different channel that it hadn't and it worked. And that also made the SATA controller work on the ULi as well. It hadn't worked before, well not properly anyway.

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