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550Watt psu enough for my system when I get a 6950?

post #1 of 10
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I am picking up an ATI 6950 next month and I just want to be sure that my current 550 watt PSU will be enough to handle everything I am throwing at it. I've linked my exact model from newegg above, thanks for the help.

Worth mentioning I am considering flashing my 6950 to a 6970, would that cause me any problems?
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post #2 of 10
Realistically your unit is more like a ~430W unit since its 12V output is limited to 384W, but it still should work.
post #3 of 10
It's enough.
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Even if I flash from a 6950 to a 6970?
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post #5 of 10
It would be enough if it was a 5970 or a GTX480.
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Originally Posted by Chimeracaust View Post
Even if I flash from a 6950 to a 6970?
Might just be enough. 6970 is said to consume 360W under full load.
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post #7 of 10
It should be enough, from what i understand the 5770 and the 6970 are similiar in power consumption. The new cards are extremely power conserving.
And even considering "full load" power ratings, that is the highest possible wattage outputted by the card, meaning in most circumstances it wont put out that much. yoou should be ok

Even if not and you do encounter a problem while gaming, turn down the graphics a tad while you save up for a new psu in the 600-700 range (700 to be accomodated for future upgrades), psu's arent that expensive in that range
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Might just be enough. 6970 is said to consume 360W under full load.
It doesn't consume anywhere near that much, no card does. What you saw was probably total system power consumption.
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Excellent! Thanks all and rep all around!
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post #10 of 10
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It doesn't consume anywhere near that much, no card does. What you saw was probably total system power consumption.
Yea my bad, it consumes about 150W under full load. That PSU should suffice.
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