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New Nvidia PC graphics cards are Xbox-sized power hogs

New Nvidia PC graphics cards are Xbox-sized power hogs

The Asus 4090 graphics card is hovering in the air.

picture: Asus / Kotaku

Not long ago, I helped a family friend rebuild his computer. At the time, I thought their choice of a power source over 1000 was absurd. Well, now who’s like an idiot? (It’s okay, I’m used to it.) Size and price aren’t the only huge components of 4000-series GPUs. Depending on the requirements of card manufacturers, you might look into upgrading the power supply as well.

Follow the news Significantly high price tags And a lot jokes about size from new 4000 Series GPU Being bigger than some Stream-public keyboardsManufacturers such as Zotac and Asus, among others, have released their own wattage requirements for the new cards. as such Tom’s devices ReportsThe ROG Strix 4090 comes with 1,000 watts, while the Palit RTX 4090 wants an extra 200 watts. It looks like a 1200W power supply is going to become more and more popular going forward.

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If you want to overclock, well, add some extra math to this four-digit number. as such Tom’s devices Indicates that manufacturers such as Asus do not factor in Overclocking in power requirements. Other manufacturers, like Palit, aren’t terribly clarified Why are they asking for 1200 though. Even if you have enough wattage, you still have to deal with its sheer size.


Nvidia’s lower power supply recommendation comes at a more affordable 850W, such as reported by digital trendsbut that only covers Nvidia’s “Founders Edition” cards, as well as some offerings from MSI, PNY, and Galax to name a few.

How much jump occurred during the last generation of cards? A 3090, According to Newegg, must at least go into a system with a 750W power supply. Not an unreasonable number these days. The way things are going with the power-hungry 4,000, however, it looks like a minimum of 1,000 watts might be the best way to plan for the years ahead.

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