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They run much cooler this way.
My jaw is dropped, i am at a loss for words....

wow. that is just incredible, enjoy it!!!!
    
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YAY for Tri-SLI
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post #53 of 66
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This seems to be the common thinking today - put it on a credit card and you don't have to pay for it, right? Then the next thing you want, just put it on the credit card.... Five years later you are wondering how you got yourself into $25,000 - $50,000 worth of debt, and you are blaming the credit card companies, and eventually you file for bankruptcy.

No thank you, I will wait until I have cash in hand.



Exactly, thank you. A good addition to this would be that to keep up to date with hobbies is expensive, especially in this fast moving PC world. If you stay one step behind, and buy all the equipment that everyone else is selling cheap after they move on to the newest and greatest, you can conserve. I personally haven't, but it's a thought...

Also, talk about POWER CONSUMPTION! You remember when a 150W power supply was adequate? Now these cards are sucking 750W alone! Add accessories and you are pulling more than a kilowatt to run your system!

I guess that counters all the "going green" you could possibly do...
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.
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YAY for Tri-SLI
Damn your avatar, I nearly mashed my beautiful screen because of it....
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Only bad thing. TriSLI = no sound card, no tv tuner.... Eats all the damn slots!
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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.

http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforc...-review-test/3

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
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Only bad thing. TriSLI = no sound card, no tv tuner.... Eats all the damn slots!
I think I see a sound card on litlratt's system....
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I think I see a sound card on litlratt's system....
It looks like it's the PCIE 1 slot which sucks for sound cards.
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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.

http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforc...-review-test/3

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Anyway you look at it, these beasts pull a lot of power.
Its not the total power consumption that you want to keep at 80%, it is the 12V amperage.
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It looks like it's the PCIE 1 slot which sucks for sound cards.
Mine is actually working quite well now.
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