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Asus 4090 graphics card hovers in the air.

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Not too long ago, I helped a family friend rebuild their computer. At the time, I thought their choice of power supply above 1000 was stupid. Well, now who looks like an idiot? (It’s okay, I’m used to it.) Size and price aren’t the only oversize elements of the 4000 series GPUs. Based on card manufacturers requirements, you may also be looking at a power supply upgrade.

Following the news of the remarkably high price tags and the many jokes around the size of the new 4000 series GPUs being bigger than some current-gen consoles, manufacturers such as Zotac and Asus, among others, have published their wattage requirements for the new cards. Like Tom’s Hardware reports, 4090 ROG Strix comes with a 1000W requirement, while the Palit RTX 4090 wants an additional 200W. It seems that 1200W PSU will become much more common going forward.

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If you love overclocking, well, add some extra math to that four-digit number. Like Tom’s Hardware indicates, manufacturers like Asus do not factor overclocking into the power requirement. Other manufacturers, like Palit, are not terribly clear why are they asking for 1,200 anyway. Even if you have enough wattage, you will still have to contend with their enormous size.


Nvidia’s lowest power supply recommendation comes in at a more reasonable 850 watts, because reported by Digital Trendsbut that only covers Nvidia’s own “Founders Edition” cards, as well as some offerings from MSI, PNY and Galax to name a few.

How much of a leap is this over the last generation of cards? A 3090, according to Newegg, should at least enter a system with a 750W power supply. Not an unreasonable number to have these days. The way things are going with the powerful 4000 cards, however, it looks like 1,000W minimum might be the best way to plan for the next few years.


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