How much will a 300w power supply run?

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Re: How much will a 300w power supply run?

Post by SebRad » Fri Sep 23, 2011 5:16 am

I've just been "testing" a PC based around i7-2600K and GTX560 Ti. With the CPU over clocked to 4.7GHz for good measure.
I've got my best "testing" PSU running it, a mighty Seasonic S12II 330! Runs it fine too! OK it's 10% over 300w but with some SMP and GPU folding I'm seeing 330w from the wall. Efficiency guess around 84% (from SPCR 380w review on 240v AC) so this is 275-280w DC load!
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Re: How much will a 300w power supply run?

Post by MikeC » Thu Oct 06, 2011 9:29 am

SebRad wrote:I've just been "testing" a PC based around i7-2600K and GTX560 Ti. With the CPU over clocked to 4.7GHz for good measure.
I've got my best "testing" PSU running it, a mighty Seasonic S12II 330! Runs it fine too! OK it's 10% over 300w but with some SMP and GPU folding I'm seeing 330w from the wall. Efficiency guess around 84% (from SPCR 380w review on 240v AC) so this is 275-280w DC load!
Regards, Seb
That's pretty cool. Nice that this thread is still going, after all these years!

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Re: How much will a 300w power supply run?

Post by vladk2k » Tue Dec 13, 2011 1:21 am

Here's my rig: (ok it's not 300W PSU but still under 400W)

Antec NSK 4480 case (with BasicPower 380W PSU or whatever it's called) - mind you this case is at least 5 years old
Intel Core i5-2500K (stock cooler ATM)
ASRock Z68 Pro3-M motherboard
Gigabyte Radeon HD4850 GPU
Creative X-Fi Xtreme Music
1x 120mm case fan (Antec TriCool, set on medium)
1x 80mm case fan (Arctic P80L, set by PWM at 50%)
2x Western Digital Caviar SE 160 GB SATA HDDs
Various USB devices (mouse/keyboard combo, webcam, the occasional external HDD)

I've never heard the PSU fan power up, and even in extreme conditions the air that blows out is mildly warm (I'd say below 40 degees)

I find it funny because I've wanted to switch with a Sirtec HighPower 410W PSU (review: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Sirtec/ATX-410-212/)but the combined 12V maximum wattage was only 240W, although it stated that the maximum current was 15+18 A, which should have resulted in 396W. I stuck with my old Antec and never looked back

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Re: How much will a 300w power supply run?

Post by frenchie » Sat Dec 17, 2011 4:45 am

330W from the wall :
X-650
Asus P5Q-E
Intel Q9550@3.4GHz
2xGigabyte GTS450 OC (@900/1900/3800)|
Corsair 2x2Go XMS2 DHX cas 4 @4-4-4-12
Intel X25M G2 160Gb
Samsung 1TB in SQD
and 2 Nexus 120mm fans.

A bit of an old setup for now, but it still folds like a champ :)

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Re: How much will a 300w power supply run?

Post by MikeC » Sat Dec 17, 2011 6:39 am

frenchie wrote:330W from the wall :
X-650
Asus P5Q-E
Intel Q9550@3.4GHz
2xGigabyte GTS450 OC (@900/1900/3800)|
Corsair 2x2Go XMS2 DHX cas 4 @4-4-4-12
Intel X25M G2 160Gb
Samsung 1TB in SQD
and 2 Nexus 120mm fans.

A bit of an old setup for now, but it still folds like a champ :)
8) Nice setup! Hardly "old", imo. The average PC user would not be able to discern any difference between your rig and a "current" sandy bridge rig with >90% of tasks.

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Re: How much will a 300w power supply run?

Post by DG » Tue Jan 24, 2012 9:34 am

Will a 300w SFX PSU (Seasonic SS-300SFD) power my future mini pc?
-Intel 2500k (probably Ivy Bridge, if not, the current Sandy Bridge rev) -> stock or with a little oc (not sure if i'll need it, prob not)
-Z77 mini itx board (or any z68 or H67 mini itx board)
-8 GB ram
-1x SSD + 1x 2.5" hdd 5400 rpm
-nvidia 560 TI (stock, nothing oc)


My current pc (560 ti + 4 GB ram + 1x 3.5" hdd 7200 rpm + intel E6400, all default speeds) managed to draw about ~295W from the outlet (Antec NeoHE 430W psu), in one particular game. The E6400 cpu has a 65W TDP, but the Sandy Bridge version of the 2500K cpu has 95W TDP (!!!), so what do you think? Even the upcoming Ivy Bridge CPU has a rated TDP of 77W, higher than my current cpu. Will this PSU be enough or safe to use? Or should i look at the higher rated Silverstone SFX psu (450w)? The only thing that keeps me from getting the Silverstone is that i think it will be much noisier, given the smaller fan (only 15mm high) and poorer fan controller (i assume).

Also, can the fan in the Seasonic be swapped with a 92mm one? I can cut the psu case, make another one, no problem, what i don't know is if it will be the same height (76.5mm) as with the 80mm fan. Height is important because of very limited space in my mini itx case.

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Re: How much will a 300w power supply run?

Post by DG » Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:41 am

Anyone, please? I need to make a sfx buying decision in the coming days.

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Re: How much will a 300w power supply run?

Post by MikeC » Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:53 am

DG wrote:Anyone, please? I need to make a sfx buying decision in the coming days.
imo, your system might be too close to the limits of the Seasonic for it to stay quiet. What is the case?

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Re: How much will a 300w power supply run?

Post by DG » Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:25 am

Custom made from scratch, the psu will draw fresh air from outside.

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Re: How much will a 300w power supply run?

Post by MikeC » Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:54 am

You are better off with an ATX PSU ~400W. Since you're making your own case... why not a fanless X400?

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Re: How much will a 300w power supply run?

Post by DG » Thu Jan 26, 2012 12:25 pm

A normal ATX is too big for my project, i want to build the smallest gaming mini itx possible. But i'll think about it. :)

I'll see if i could replace the 80mm x 15mm fan in the silverstone with a 92mm x 25mm fan. It will add 10mm to the height of the sfx, but i don't know if the other half of the fan will fit inside the psu (basically, instead of 80mm x 80mm, now it will be 92mm x 92mm).

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Re: How much will a 300w power supply run?

Post by swivelguy2 » Sat Feb 08, 2014 2:26 am

Will a SeaSonic SSR-360GP run this?

Core i5-3550 on H77 mATX board
Radeon HD R7 260x
12GB DDR3
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1 3TB WD Black

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Re: How much will a 300w power supply run?

Post by MikeC » Sat Feb 08, 2014 2:53 am

swivelguy2 wrote:Will a SeaSonic SSR-360GP run this?

Core i5-3550 on H77 mATX board
Radeon HD R7 260x
12GB DDR3
1 SSD
1 3TB WD Black
yes but not quietly when you're pushing the system (ie, gaming, etc.)

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Re: How much will a 300w power supply run?

Post by quest_for_silence » Sat Feb 08, 2014 5:42 am

swivelguy2 wrote:Will a SeaSonic SSR-360GP run this?


As said by MikeC, it depends: the proposed system should draw something around 190W at full bore.
That Seasonic G should be quiet up to 120-150W (depending of the enclosure), so you are far off at the heaviest load (benching/stressing), while things go a bit better at normal load, and you should be definitely within its quiet range at idle/low loads.

I don't think you may buy it in the U.S.A. but a Super Flower SF-350P14XE (HX) seems better suited at load, than the G-360, though it's not modular as well as the BeQuiet! E9 400W, which could be another quieter unit at those levels.

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Re: How much will a 300w power supply run?

Post by quest_for_silence » Fri Jul 04, 2014 2:49 am

Matherine wrote:"a 300 watt PSU may run your box, you can probably forget about stable overclocking, and you'll probably need to buy a new PSU for your next upgrade" i'am agree with this view.

That quote was referred to a 11-years old rig (2003), when the PSU should supply 150W and more on the 5/3.3V lines, leaving maybe half the power available on the 12V line, it was based on unreliable data from an unreliable source (THG, IIRC), and it's strongly setup dependant: definitely a questionable point of view, very often contradicted by the naked facts.

What it's (sadly) true is that nowadays in the market you can source first-class ATX PSUs usually starting from the 400W mark (so there are no more actual higher end ATX products, in the 300-350W range, with a few units in the TFX and 1U format mainly from Seasonic).

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