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Need advice about GPU

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Wrenchman

11-12-2012

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TheFieldMarshal:
I am going to double check, but I am pretty sure the GTX 295 pulls FAR more power than the GTX 680 and alot more than the HD 7970. GTX 680 can easily run on a 500W PSU where the HD 7970 should be 550W(for overclocking headroom).


I want to say the 295 draws at load around 300 watts. As the 200 series was pretty decent on power consumption, it was the 400 series that just got hungry. I am talking about JUST the GPU, not entire system. Entire system I would say is something just under 500W.


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TheFieldMarshal

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11-12-2012

Ya the upper 200 series and the GTX 480(I own one) draws a TON of power and generates a TON of heat. I believe the GTX 680 and HD 7970 both use 2 6pin's. Not 100% sure tho.


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Wrenchman

11-12-2012

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TheFieldMarshal:
Ya the upper 200 series and the GTX 480(I own one) draws a TON of power and generates a TON of heat. I believe the GTX 680 and HD 7970 both use 2 6pin's. Not 100% sure tho.


I know my 7970 use a 6 and 8 pin. My old 470 used two 6 pins. I went and pulled a few articles on it and depending on the hardware in the system total system draw was ranging between 420 and 480 watts with the 295 and a first gen i7.


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Geonde

Senior Member

11-12-2012

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-127-645&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&

Would this be a good choice, then? However, I am thinking http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150632 would be better because of the more ventilation.


Though, it seems like http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127695 would be best albeit the higher price tag, because it always maintains a low temp.


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Wrenchman

11-12-2012

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-127-645&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=& This is a reference design and completely fine.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150632 - XFX is terrible, pass on them.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127695 - A complete waste of money.

These two are great cards:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125413
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161412

I would lean more towards the Gigabyte. About the only reason I didn't go that route is I was able to find an MSi 7970 OC on Amazon Warehouse for $300 shipped, so I snagged that deal.


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Geonde

Senior Member

11-12-2012

Thank you for the detailed response. Let's hope the card ends up well.


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