My "gaming" PSU may have fried my 8800 GTS card

ixelion

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I had an ASUS 8800GTS since 2006, was working fine until recently, it started crapping out and eventually died.

After a conversation with ASUS tech support it seems that my OCZ 600W Gamestream may not have been sufficient for the card, and possibly caused it's death.

At the time I thought 600W and 4 18a +12v rails would be enough but that may not be the case.

So just to be on the safe side I will need a PSU that will be ample for the replacement card, it doesn't need to be future-proof because I wont be upgrading anymore. I suspect they will be sending me the newer 8800GTS with 512mb rather than my current 640mb version, but I think power requirements will probably be the same.

I was looking at this:
http://www.pcpower.com/power-s...lencer-610-eps12v.html
 

DSF

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4 18a rails should have been fine. You may have had a bum unit though.
 

ixelion

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Opteron 165 @ 2.2Ghz
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4x 512 DDR Kingston KVR
2x 80GB Seagate Barracuda (RAID 0)
Audigy 2 Value
LG DVD Writer

18a isn't enough (I don't think they are true separate rails), the card needs something like 20a-28a


 

theAnimal

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The 8800 640MB does not use 20-28A on its own, more like 10A.

When they say 28A that is for the whole system.

PC P&C make good PSU's.

You would be fine with a quality 400W such as Seasonic S12 II 380 or 430, or Corsair VX450.
 

themisfit610

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Yeah... Asus is lying to you and capitalizing on the PSU hype that's been standard fare in the gaming world for some time now...

~MiSfit
 

HOOfan 1

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Originally posted by: themisfit610
Yeah... Asus is lying to you and capitalizing on the PSU hype that's been standard fare in the gaming world for some time now...

~MiSfit

Asus Tech is talking out off his butt and sounds pretty ignorant to me. PSU may be the problem, but the reason he gave you is Bull. Your PSU is MORE than enough power for that card.

Also an underpowered PSU is not going to "fry" your card.
 

F1shF4t

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I would be MORE than comfortable to use your current psu to power my main rig, and it pulls quite a bit more power than yours.
At 28 amps the cards TDP would be 336 watts lol, if u had two overclocked 8800gtxs then it would not surprise me if they needed that much power, not a single gts.

Worth checking if your psu is working correctly though, a faulty unit can fry your components.
 

ixelion

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I think you guys may be right: I downloaded Everest and it says my +12v rating is at 12.22 with a new BFG 8800GTS, i think this is a good thing? I should probably measure under load though.

Theres no harm in getting a new PSU though just in the off chance that my OCZ may be defective or something so I would still appreciate suggestions on some quality, reliable PSUs.
 

HannibalX

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Originally posted by: theAnimal
The 8800 640MB does not use 20-28A on its own, more like 10A.

When they say 28A that is for the whole system.

PC P&C make good PSU's.

You would be fine with a quality 400W such as Seasonic S12 II 380 or 430, or Corsair VX450.

I agree. I have a Seasonic 430 running an FX60/X1950 Pro system and it's rock solid.
 

KurskKnyaz

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What you're saying is that If the 12V+ amperage of the PSU does not meet the demand of the card the card will fry and not the PSU?
 

GrumpyMan

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Yeah that just doesn't sound right, it should be more than enough for the card. I can see the computer rebooting alot if there is not enough power but not frying the video card. :confused: