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Because you probably haven't been stressing them at all. Most mid-range enthusiast systems don't pull more than 350W even with a fairly high end GPU (pre-Fermi anyway). Once you load up the PSU they usually fail in short order. Many people with Ultra PSUs have to RMA it on a nearly yearly basis since they fail so often, and only sheer luck stops it from killing their components.

The only Ultra PSUs worth bothering with are the X3 and X4 units, and the new LSP X units or whatever they're called.
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Because you probably haven't been stressing them at all. Most mid-range enthusiast systems don't pull more than 350W even with a fairly high end GPU (pre-Fermi anyway). Once you load up the PSU they usually fail in short order. Many people with Ultra PSUs have to RMA it on a nearly yearly basis since they fail so often, and only sheer luck stops it from killing their components.

The only Ultra PSUs worth bothering with are the X3 and X4 units, and the new LSP X units or whatever they're called.
Wowzaaa lol. Well I hope that this 750 watt will last me longer than you say it does for others. I've had it for close to 3 years now. But I will definitely take your word and restrain from buying an Ultra psu in the future. If i upgrade to a GTX 570 I should still be ok with my ultra right?
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Yes they are that bad. This is the type of quality Ultra puts out:
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2008/...power_supply/9
LOL, it only puts out 50% of its rated power. damn that sucks.
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I'd replace it before doing a major upgrade. Hell, I'd replace ASAP anyway.
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I'd replace it before doing a major upgrade. Hell, I'd replace ASAP anyway.
Lol its funny because Ive upgraded 3 times on this PSU lol. Ive switched from AMD to Intel, from 775 to 1156, from 8800GT to GTX 260 etc etc.
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Lol its funny because Ive upgraded 3 times on this PSU lol. Ive switched from AMD to Intel, from 775 to 1156, from 8800GT to GTX 260 etc etc.
Well dur, considering you are running a 750 watt, that is complete overkill for any system that isn't running 2 cards.
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Well dur, considering you are running a 750 watt, that is complete overkill for any system that isn't running 2 cards.
I actually was running 2 GTX 260's in here at one point.
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Yes, your current system could run on a quality 400W. Depending on what model you have (Wintech, Yue-lin, RSY) it might do 400W or 700W before bursting into flame.
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I feel bad for hijacking this thread. Sorry OP!
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post #20 of 35
I am pretty sure my PSU would be going strong long after yours went up in smoke.
Phaedrus, would I be correct saying my PSU could handle 2 470s?
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