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Windows 7: Question on crossfire and Power Supply

27 Oct 2013   #1
andrew129260

Windows 7 Professional x64 Sp1
 
 
Question on crossfire and Power Supply

Hi everyone. This may sound dumb, and I feel I should know this but I want to double check.
(All info in my sig)

I currently have the following Power supply:

Rosewill Stallion Series RD700 700W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply - Newegg.com

I have this graphics card:

ASUS HD7870-DC2-2GD5-V2 Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Newegg.com

I want to know if it is possible (if I am able to with my setup) to crossfire 2 of those 7870's with a little room to spare of power. Meaning I am not super stressing my rig.

On a kinda related note, I am thinking about getting this power supply to cut down on my electric bill.

Is the current PSU I have now good enough? Or should I go ahead and update to the one I am considering at a higher wattage? I also like the fact the second PSU is modular. Will help a ton with my cable management.

If my current PSU is fine for the task, then I'll stick with that. Otherwise I will go with the one I'm thinking and get better wattage and energy savings.
Thanks for the information and any friendly advise.


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27 Oct 2013   #2
Solarstarshines

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

Should be fine to crossfire both cards is a minimum of a 600w PSU you have 700w it should be alright
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27 Oct 2013   #3
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

My question would be what is the efficiency rating of this PSU as Rosewill has kindly left that spec off ! Also not sure whom has built this for them but it's reviews are mixed at best. I agree with Solar that this PSU should be able to handle these two cards but in my mind I would start a new PSU fund and upgrade to a host of premium PSU's in the near future.
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27 Oct 2013   #4
andrew129260

Windows 7 Professional x64 Sp1
 
 

Thanks guys.

Thanks solar. I thought it would be fine I am just wondering/double checking.

@linnemeyerhere

Are you slightly hinting that my power supply sucks? I haven't had any issues with it.....
Do you think its worth getting the second power supply I have in my link there that I'm considering getting?

This one ---> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...scrollFullInfo

What is everyone's thoughts on this? Should I not trust the power supply I have?
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27 Oct 2013   #5
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

No not saying that it sucks but further look into it's actual manufacturer and it's efficiency would be smart. If it's a Silver, Gold or Platinum rating at those levels then no worry even Bronze but when the rating is missing all together then ? My gut would say look to change it out with a solid Gold performer within 1-2 years or sooner. I'm just one of those that believe the PSU is the heart blood of the rig.
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27 Oct 2013   #6
andrew129260

Windows 7 Professional x64 Sp1
 
 

Thank you linnemeyerhere, I will keep that in mind. I was probably going to wait a few months before doing the crossfire anyway. So I might just wait until I get a better PSU and then do it. Might as well.

I also might look into contacting rosewill and find out what efficiency it is.

Thanks again
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27 Oct 2013   #7
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

You should have power head room for a while I'm just of the belief that more power reserves the better and keep in mind that all PSU's degrade about 2-3% or more per year. Good news is platforms are becoming somewhat more efficient but at the enthusiast level we still use a far share of power !
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29 Oct 2013   #8
madcratebuilder

Win8/8.1,Win7-U64, Vista U64, uncounted Linux distor's
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere;2577744[U
]My question would be what is the efficiency rating of this PSU as Rosewill has kindly left that spec off ![/U] Also not sure whom has built this for them but it's reviews are mixed at best. I agree with Solar that this PSU should be able to handle these two cards but in my mind I would start a new PSU fund and upgrade to a host of premium PSU's in the near future.
It's 80 PLUS GOLD Certified, so it meets that minimum efficiency rating. This is a good site for reviews.

Rosewill is making a name for it's self by offering quality products in there given price point.
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29 Oct 2013   #9
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

That's good to hear of it's 80 gold rating. Rosewill as Neweggs or Ultra as TigerDirects house brands are trying to make affordable solutions. I have three Ultra's back when they had/have lifetime warranties and they are working well. Since those purchases I've bought Corsair and Seasonic brands and been very happy as well. My mind set today is different from my first build as I see the PSU as a key core component.
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29 Oct 2013   #10
andrew129260

Windows 7 Professional x64 Sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by madcratebuilder View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere;2577744[U
]My question would be what is the efficiency rating of this PSU as Rosewill has kindly left that spec off ![/U] Also not sure whom has built this for them but it's reviews are mixed at best. I agree with Solar that this PSU should be able to handle these two cards but in my mind I would start a new PSU fund and upgrade to a host of premium PSU's in the near future.
It's 80 PLUS GOLD Certified, so it meets that minimum efficiency rating. This is a good site for reviews.

Rosewill is making a name for it's self by offering quality products in there given price point.
Thanks for that information!
I am glad to hear it is. I have been happy with this psu so far, hasn't given me any issues. Bu then again I have only had it 6 months. I did look heavily into reviews from all kinds of sites and the general conclusion was it was very exceptional for the price. I am not sure why some recent newegg reviews are bad, maybe there is a bad batch or something. But the one I got works great. (Again, so far)

Also thanks to solar and linnemeyerhere again
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