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Ask the Experts Question: Will my 850W PSU be enough for the MSI Radeon R9 290X Lightning card?

Will my 850W PSU be enough for the MSI Radeon R9 290X Lightning card?
Is the Cooler Master Silent Pro 850W PSU enough to power the MSI Radeon R9 290X Lightning VGA card?
Question asked by Rahul from India | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards Content | Posted: Apr 3, 2015 1:10 am
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Hey, a big follower of your website, I go through your reviews.

 

I am upgrading to the MSI Radeon R9 290X Lightning with a Cooler Master Silent Pro 850W PSU.

 

Will it run ok on this?

 

  • Intel Core i5 2320
  • ASROCK B75 Pro3-M
  • 8GB DDR3 RAM
  • Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-03

Hey there Rahul,

 

So sum it up easily: yes, your 850W PSU will be fine. Firstly, it's a Cooler Master unit so you know it's a good quality PSU. Second, 850W is more than enough for a single card.

 

We recently did some testing on the SAPPHIRE Radeon R9 290X 8GB Tri-X card, that would have similar power consumption to the MSI card you are upgrading to, and it didn't consume anywhere near 850W even when under full 100% load, and overclocked.

 

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As you can see from the above shot from our article, you'd be looking at around 450-600W or so under full load. Your 850W will be just fine and I'm sure you're going to more than enjoy that kick-ass MSI Radeon R9 290X Lightning video card!

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