Originally Posted by pauldovi
Even these SLI GT200 systems aren't pulling 500 watts at load from the wall. The reason everyone thinks you need a 1kw PSU is because they are using low quality PSUs that simply cannot keep up.
I can't say for sure because I don't have this system, but in the article quoted, he states that his "monitoring system" whatever the hell that is, shows him pulling 749 watts at max load 3-way SLI. I'm not sure how much of that is the cards, but I know it must be at least 500 watts.
Now I know you do not want to be maxing out your PSU for several reasons. I won't go into that, but if you'd like to be running your PSU at 80% rated capacity (which I find reasonable) you would need a 938 W PSU. So I don't think a 1kW PSU is really that unreasonable.
Anyway you look at it, these beasts pull a lot of power.Edited by spazstic - 7/6/08 at 4:23pm