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This is a discussion on 12V output questions within the RAM and Power Supply Support forums, part of the Tech Support Forum category. I have a Seasonic S12 650W, and i'm trying to run a GeForce 9800GT, along with an E8500 3.16 Dual


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Old 12-09-2008, 06:03 AM   #1
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I have a Seasonic S12 650W, and i'm trying to run a GeForce 9800GT, along with an E8500 3.16 Dual core CPU. I've been having some troubles with the screen freezing whenever any form of intensive use of the video card comes into effect. I spoke to someone at EVGA about the problem, and they had me check my power outputs. My 12V line is reading 11.616, and he said it was way too low and that was causing the issue. He told me that 11.95 was the absolute minimum I should be seeing there in order to have it function correctly.

So, here are my questions on the matter. Is 11.616 normally inside of the accepted tolerance levels? I was under the impression that it was. Being that low, does it mean the PSU is defective? Should I be getting an RMA on it? Or are they just going to laugh at me? Also, is 650W truly enough to be running this? I'm noticing that 650W is being trumpeted as the absolute minimum for video cards of that caliber, which has me concerned. Also, is 11.95 really the absolute minimum I should see for this card? That seems awfully high, though my knowledge is admittedly limited. I figure I should ask a group of people who know what they're talking about for some crystal clear answers, as opposed to random guy on the phone.
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Old 12-09-2008, 07:58 AM   #2
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11.4 is supposed to be the minimum but if it gets down to 11.7 you usually encounter a number of problems
your card does not pull much the supply you have should run it with ease
where are you getting the reading from,we prefer it taken from the bios as the most accurate
for truly accurate readings you need to check with a multimeter
seasonic are one of the best you can get

https://www.driverheaven.net/guides/testingPSU/

blow the dust from the computer with a can of air
check your cpu temperatures

check if your ram has room to have the voltage lifted and stay in specs
the m/board may default to low



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I got that reading from the BIOS. The temperatures are all pretty frosty according to the BIOS, too. I just built the comp, so no dust to worry about, either. Where can I find that information on the RAM? I'll pull out my multimeter in a bit here and check to see if the numbers match the BIOS.
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Old 12-09-2008, 06:56 PM   #4
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look for the specs of the ram on the makers site
check the label on the ram for the voltage
i think if the 11.6 reading was accurate you would be getting a number of different bsod's not just freezing



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