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Wattage meter malfunction?

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Here's the setup on my OCed system at work:

Intel P4 3.4 Prescott OCed to 3.93

1GB Corsair XMS Ram

2 x 80GB HDD Raid 0

Nvidia Geforce 6800 GT

Aquagate, CD6, 3 x 120mm fans

Constantly displaying 120W unless i turn on some games or something then it would go up to 140W.

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Karma Ghost    0
Here's the setup on my OCed system at work:

Intel P4 3.4 Prescott OCed to 3.93

1GB Corsair XMS Ram

2 x 80GB HDD Raid 0

Nvidia Geforce 6800 GT

Aquagate, CD6, 3 x 120mm fans

Constantly displaying 120W unless i turn on some games or something then it would go up to 140W.

I'm pretty sure that doesn't sound right.

Better send me your system so I can .... run diagnostics on it....

:D

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merovingian    0
Here's the setup on my OCed system at work:

Intel P4 3.4 Prescott OCed to 3.93

1GB Corsair XMS Ram

2 x 80GB HDD Raid 0

Nvidia Geforce 6800 GT

Aquagate, CD6, 3 x 120mm fans

Constantly displaying 120W unless i turn on some games or something then it would go up to 140W.

I'm pretty sure that doesn't sound right.

Better send me your system so I can .... run diagnostics on it....

:D

Agreed. But send it to me instead. :D

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OK guys, thanks. They told me that I needed a better PSU (had 300W) before buying the 6800GT, but it now looks like it wasn't needed.

BTW, How accurate is this meter?

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ID    0

Wow, I'm surprised with the low watt-usage from people's PSU's. My lack of knowledge in this area obviously shows!

I have to ask then, why are we out buying 450W+ PSU's, if most rigs are consuming less than 200W?

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merovingian    0

About right...

http://www6.tomshardware.com/howto/2002 ... es-02.html

Actually this is a little dated...Will edit with more upto date info.

You want a PSU that is more than you need to make sure that you get sufficient power to each rail and please take into consideration efficiency losses. A high powered system needs a 450W+ PSU. Most systems can live with a 350W but also keep in mind loss of efficiency when on heavy load. Pretty much take what you think you need according to your specs and I would add 33% for efficency and stability purposes, that's just me.

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Mr. Miyagi    2

Yeah, I had the Cooler Master 350w before the RealPower 450 and it has made an improvement on system stability and overclocking.

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madman2003    0

PSU power is always given in DC power, a lower efficiency will lead to more AC usage. The reason some requirements are high is because a lot of psu's are utter crap that don't live up to their rating. For instance a 350W sweex can actually deliver 250 W (that's what it sais on the box, you can imagine that being even lower) A quality psu in the 300-400 W range is plenty for most.

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