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power supply bottleneck?

By bobgreen5s
Mar 9, 2006
  1. I recently purchased a leadtek 6600gt agp and have noticed it has been underperforming compared to other users. Here are my specs.

    AMD Athlon 3200+ XP
    Windows XP Home
    1 GB PC2700 RAM DDR
    160GB Hard Drive
    Leadtek Geforce 6600GT AGP
    300W Power supply with 12 volts and 15 amps

    I am aware that my 300W power supply may not be sufficient but I have not recieved any error messages like, "your power supply does not meet recommended specifications". My question was that could the card be not performing to its maximum potential due to the powersupply without telling me?
     
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Besides only being 300watts, 15amps on the 12v rail isn`t good. particularly if your psu is a no name brand.

    Check out this psu wattage calculator HERE.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  3. bobgreen5s

    bobgreen5s TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 42

    Thank you, I'm aware about my power supply but I'm asking is this card degrading its performance without telling me.
     
  4. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Well, if your psu is struggling to put out enough power, then I would say it`s quite possible, that it will degrade the performance of your card.

    What did the psu calculator say you needed?

    Regards Howard :)
     
  5. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    Yes. You should not expect an error message like that.
     
  6. bobgreen5s

    bobgreen5s TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 42

    Thanks for the replies, I will purchase a PSU soon.
     
  7. bobgreen5s

    bobgreen5s TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 42

    The calculator said 261 watts
     
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