View Full Version : Will a PSU of 220w hurt my gfx card?

12 December 2003, 09:57 AM
hey. i'm getting the rad9800pro, but i have a psu of 220w, is this enough to run the radeon, i've heard of stories about it not running even with a 350, help!

thanks guys

12 December 2003, 10:39 AM
220 watt sounds a bit small. It will work with a slow CPU wo much memory or more then one harddisk, but a system whos overall performance matches a Radeon 9800pro (newer P4 or Athlon XP) is likely very underpowered by this. >= 350 watt is strongly recommended for a modern fast PC.
More info on the rest o your system will help here.


12 December 2003, 06:10 PM
2.8p4 800fsb
512ram 3200 ddr
120 seagate hd
radeon 9800pro
lite-on cdrw/dvd

220psu, will it be ok?

12 December 2003, 06:37 PM
Which 220 psu? If its just some old ATX case you've had for a while then it will be very on the edge, If it is a low wattage psu specifically designed and tested with this sort of setup then you'll be better off.

eg. Right now I am using a 200watt psu in a Shuttle system, these are tested at the factory with:

Radeon 9800 Pro
3.2Ghz p4
2x 10,000 rpm drives
dvd burner
wireless card
all ports filled with usb/serial devices which draw current.

12 December 2003, 09:10 PM

i was hoping on getting a shuttle xpc sb62g2, it has a 220w Achme psu and the site says that it works fine with a radeon 9800pro, but most ppl i have spoken to say it doesnt have a chance.

does your shuttle system run well, noise, heat, performance. Games /3D?

thanks mate

12 December 2003, 10:19 PM
it's not the amount of watts that the most decisive point in buying a psu.

read this article, then you know what i'm talking about :) (cuz i can't explain it in english)
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