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I just tested my sig rig with a brand new watt meter and it is showing 98W Power Use @ 110v when im idling and during heavy gaming the max recorded is 208W... but typically its around 170W when im playing crysis 2.

I have my rig oc' to 4GHz. Is the watt meter messed up or are these real numbers. I bought a 1000W psu thinking the max power draw would be around 700W and it will be safe if i add more gpus and drives in the future.
Edited by mikeseth - 1/30/13 at 7:01am
post #2 of 29
Meter is probably being fooled by the power supply's power factor correction.

You're probably pulling ~400-450W from the wall, maybe 350W from the PSU.
post #3 of 29
The watt meter might be defective...

I actually have no idea, sub to find out
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Yes it's overkill. You should never go above 350-400watts even at max TDP load on the CPU and GPU even with the CPU overclocked to 4.5Ghz or higher! Don't see it as overkill, see it as plently of power if you needed it I hope this helps.
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post #5 of 29
Overkill for your sig rig, yes. But not overkill for future proofing. If I'm PSU shopping I like to always go the extra mile to get a nice PSU so I won't have to when I want to upgrade components again.
post #6 of 29
Your PSU is way overkill, but thats not a bad thing unless its extremely unefficient at low load.

My PSU is way overkill also.
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post #7 of 29
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Well thanks all for the replies.

I'm going to grab a new meter from Canadian Tire and check. Always good to future proof. I picked up the CM Silent Pro 1000W psu for close to $180.. A great deal, it was from TigerDirect Canada.
post #8 of 29
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Originally Posted by E-Peen View Post
Overkill for your sig rig, yes. But not overkill for future proofing. If I'm PSU shopping I like to always go the extra mile to get a nice PSU so I won't have to when I want to upgrade components again.
He couldn't get anywhere close to 1000W without basically replacing every component in his system.
post #9 of 29
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He couldn't get anywhere close to 1000W without basically replacing every component in his system.
True. You'd seriously need like Dual Xeons and maybe 3 GTX 580s to do so.
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True. You'd seriously need like Dual Xeons and maybe 3 GTX 580s to do so.
He might get close with two 6990s, but that's about all I can think of that wouldn't require motherboard/CPU replacement as well.
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