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Thank you! I have a 6850M in my HP Envy 17 and am really impressed with it. Thought of sticking with a successful formula. Most likely my choice for his system.
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Neither the LEDs nor the fans draw significant amounts of current. The pump would probably be under 20W as well.
Calculate the TDP of your components or use a socket power mete and you'll see that your PSU is just fine... Trust the calculations or measurements, not feelings or opinions drawn from thin air.

So you think that my 550 watt OCZ Fatal1ty psu is enough for 2 6870's in crossfire? My feelings weren't being drawn from thin air. They are gut feelings which I have learned to trust more than anything. Because even meters are man made and anything that has anything to do with man is not perfect wink.gif And also from experience of having a 580 watt psu blow up under load of a 4870 x2 card. I know the 4870's drew more power than the 6870. but I'm still a bit cautious when it comes to psu's and expensive equipment. If I could afford I would just buy an 850 or higher. But right now I gotta go with the lowest but safest psu I can get.
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Question for 6850 owners. I just finished building a new system (Asus Sabertooth z77 with 3770K) and am going to rebuild an older system for my son. He works in the music industry and is able to utilize a lot of features on an older Asus P5E motherboard, with 775 processor (Q9450). Here are the system specs:
Asus P5E (PCIe 2.0)
Intel Q9450 @ 2.66 GHZ (quad core)
4 GB DDR2-1066
Antec 650W PSU
WD 1 TB 7200 rpm Caviar Black
Soundblaster Audigy 2
He, primarily will be using a Pro-Fire import board via firewire to record music into the system. My question is with the Antec PSU, can I expect full performance out of the 6850? He does some gaming in his spare time, and I want to get him something that won't be hindered by the age of the system. The computer still runs great. Last video card I used in it was an EVGA GTX 260 / 216, which is now in someone else's system as a Physx card...
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That PSU is more than enough, 600W can even supply 2 6850s in Xfire

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Thank you! I have a 6850M in my HP Envy 17 and am really impressed with it. Thought of sticking with a successful formula. Most likely my choice for his system.

Sounds like a good choice for him.

To confirm, mine is a 630W Rosewill Green. I have my CPU overclocked with 1.48v and the 6850 overclocked with 1.3v, plus 2 closed loops with the pumps running full speed and have yet to have issues... power wise.

(I need to get myself a Kill-a-Watt dang it)
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Does anyone know what the TDP is for the 6870's?
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The real measured draw of 6870 is somewhere between 140 and 150 Watts (per Guru3D).

Like I said, my system with OCed Phenom II x4, 3 HDDs, 4 fans (2x120 and 2x200mm) and OCed 6850 in top stress (furmark or OCCT) is measured below 300W on the promary, that's merely 260W load on the PSU. I'd say that any decent 500W will handle 6850 CF easily, since you want it to be only a temporary solution, I say go ahead and you'll be fine with 6870 CF since it's only about 30W per card more than 6850. But in the end that's just my opinion.

Besides, most people choose the PSU based on the gut feelings, which has the tendency of choosing way too powerful PSU for a given PC, and happy PSU is a PSU that's properly loaded - underload is as bad as overload, because it impacts the efficiency just the same.
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The real measured draw of 6870 is somewhere between 140 and 150 Watts (per Guru3D).
Like I said, my system with OCed Phenom II x4, 3 HDDs, 4 fans (2x120 and 2x200mm) and OCed 6850 in top stress (furmark or OCCT) is measured below 300W on the promary, that's merely 260W load on the PSU. I'd say that any decent 500W will handle 6850 CF easily, since you want it to be only a temporary solution, I say go ahead and you'll be fine with 6870 CF since it's only about 30W per card more than 6850. But in the end that's just my opinion.
Besides, most people choose the PSU based on the gut feelings, which has the tendency of choosing way too powerful PSU for a given PC, and happy PSU is a PSU that's properly loaded - underload is as bad as overload, because it impacts the efficiency just the same.
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Thanks for the info. I guess I'll try the crossfired 6870's with my 550 watt psu see how it goes. I just didn't want something that might damage the rest of my system happen if the psu blew out. Like I said I previously had a Sapphire 4870 x2 card and at first I had it running with a 580 watt psu. It ran ok at first but as soon as I tried gaming on it it blew up. Popping,Sparks,Smoke and Alll!!! Ended up having to buy a new psu and pair of underwear that day. Lol!!! But at the same time I know those 4870 x2 cards were power addicts compared to the 6000 series cards. Even under no load just surfing the web it ran hot enough that you could feel the heat bouncing off the back wall and onto you at the desk. Thanks Again. I'll let you know how it goes. thumb.gif
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You're OCZ PSU is quite decent, it has an OCP so I don't see any "blowing" special effects in your future, young padawan tongue.gif (blame Krusher33 for this)

I have an OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W (why 600W? b/c I wanted an overhead for a 6850 CF but that didn't happen ultimately), and on top of running my system under load, I did strange things to it, like connecting a dual-turbine air blower taken out of Ford Sierra (up to 20A at 12V I think, because it blew the fuse in my 20A amp meter), that thing was crazy and still my PSU was like "dafuq is this" but nothing else happened, no instability, nothing (while the system was stressed with OCCT). Mind you that it was over 200 Watts and sparking all over the place so the voltage noise it produced must have been monstrous, yet all the PSU did was *pshh* Barnatt style and kept going.

So a mere GPU? Bring it on. biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by wlw wl View Post

You're OCZ PSU is quite decent, it has an OCP so I don't see any "blowing" special effects in your future, young padawan tongue.gif (blame Krusher33 for this)
I have an OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W (why 600W? b/c I wanted an overhead for a 6850 CF but that didn't happen ultimately), and on top of running my system under load, I did strange things to it, like connecting a dual-turbine air blower taken out of Ford Sierra (up to 20A at 12V I think, because it blew the fuse in my 20A amp meter), that thing was crazy and still my PSU was like "dafuq is this" but nothing else happened, no instability, nothing (while the system was stressed with OCCT). Mind you that it was over 200 Watts and sparking all over the place so the voltage noise it produced must have been monstrous, yet all the PSU did was *pshh* Barnatt style and kept going.
So a mere GPU? Bring it on. biggrin.gif[/quote)

Thank you very much sensei thumb.gif'
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You guys were right so far I picked up the second 6870 another XFX. And low and behold it's holding pretty good so far no extra heat that can be felt from psu. And 3dmark 11 went from 5994 to 7706 on first run still have oc'ed them don't think I'll need to since I still nly have 1 23" 1080 monitor. Oh and the benchmark on BatMan Arkham City went from and average of about 32 to 59 with all settings a high as possible. thumb.gif So needless to say so far I'm a happy camper biggrin.gif
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You guys were right so far I picked up the second 6870 another XFX. And low and behold it's holding pretty good so far no extra heat that can be felt from psu. And 3dmark 11 went from 5994 to 7706 on first run still have oc'ed them don't think I'll need to since I still nly have 1 23" 1080 monitor. Oh and the benchmark on BatMan Arkham City went from and average of about 32 to 59 with all settings a high as possible. thumb.gif So needless to say so far I'm a happy camper biggrin.gif

really 6870 cf on a 550watt?
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