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    Default Compatibility Question - GTX 970 and Z87 Killer mobo

    I have been having issues with my previous video card as per another thread on here, and with no resolution and a great new card on the market, I have decided to buy one. I was curious if anyone knew of any compatibility issues regarding this new video card and my motherboard. I'll have the card on Tuesday so I have a little time to prepare (if possible) for any solvable issues.

    The card is
    GIGABYTE GV-N970G1 GAMING-4GD GeForce GTX 970 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5

    GIGABYTE GV-N970G1 GAMING-4GD GeForce GTX 970 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready G-SYNC Support Video Card - Newegg.com

    My motherboard is the ASRock Z87 Killer.

    I know this is a brand new video card so I wanted to ask to be sure.

    Thank you

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    Default Re: Compatibility Question - GTX 970 and Z87 Killer mobo

    I will be blunt, from what I've seen Raidmax power supplies are fancy looking junk.

    A low end, poorly made power supply that can't deliver clean and reliable power can cause instability and possibly damage your remaining hardware.

    There are very few Raidmax psu reviews and I only recall seeing one review where the psu was at best adequate.

    It looks like your "735 watt" Raidmax power supply typically sells for about $50 and sometimes much more.

    Go out and buy a good quality power supply that has received good ratings from the top tier psu review sites, such as JonnyGuru, HardOCP, HardwareSecrets, PCPER, and TechPowerUp.

    Newegg frequently has excellent sale prices on high quality 650 - 750 watt power supplies for about $90 - $100.
    My personal preference is to buy Seasonic or made by Seasonic power supplies.
    XFX sells psu models where Seasonic is the OEM.
    Super Flower also manufactures many excellent power supplies, including some of the Rosewill, EVGA, and NZXT psu models.

    Check out HARDOCP - Raidmax Cobra Power 500W Power Supply Review from March 18, 2014 for a typical failing review where they conclude:

    The Raidmax Cobra Power 500W, unfortunately, follows in the footsteps of the previous Raidmax RX-1000AE and even, perhaps, does worse. From start to finish, the only high point we could find with this unit today was the noise output, but even that gave us concerns as there is no good reason why it should be so quiet. Other than that, the Cobra Power 500W had poor voltage regulation, out of specification Transient Load Test results, mediocre DC output quality, poor component selection/build quality, and laughable efficiency. If the options were buy this unit or buy a hamster on a wheel to power your PC then you only have only one question. What do hamsters eat? In the grand scheme of things, there are good units, there are cheap units, and there are good cheap units. This power supply is none of those things and, at $58.92, this unit is 7 cents more expensive than the barely mediocre EVGA 500B while being a worse performing unit.


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    Default Re: Compatibility Question - GTX 970 and Z87 Killer mobo

    For what it's worth, I have received the new GTX 970 and it works flawlessly with this PSU, as does the rest of my hardware.

    I do want a gold or platinum PSU though, and I won't skimp on the price or quality. It seems perfectly fine for now and I may hold out for black Friday.

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    Default Re: Compatibility Question - GTX 970 and Z87 Killer mobo

    I highly recommend SuperFlower power supplies as they constantly receive great reviews and are high quality units. They are also the OEM for some of the power supplies by EVGA, Kingwin, NZXT, Akasa, Rosewill and possibly others too.

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    Default Re: Compatibility Question - GTX 970 and Z87 Killer mobo

    Quote Originally Posted by PowerPie5000 View Post
    I highly recommend SuperFlower power supplies as they constantly receive great reviews and are high quality units. They are also the OEM for some of the power supplies by EVGA, Kingwin, NZXT, Akasa, Rosewill and possibly others too.
    When looking at power supplies, how would I find out if they are powered by SuperFlower? I'll assume just a google search?

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    Default Re: Compatibility Question - GTX 970 and Z87 Killer mobo

    Quote Originally Posted by scottyr6s View Post
    When looking at power supplies, how would I find out if they are powered by SuperFlower? I'll assume just a google search?
    SuperFlower release their own PSUs under their own name, but they also manufacture PSUs for other companies too. Some examples are the EVGA Supernova (G2/P2/T2), NZXT Hale90 V2 series, Rosewill Capstone, Lightning, SilentNight and Tachyon series, Kingwin Lazer series and probably others. SuperFlowers own Leadex Gold & Platinum series are very good and highly rated amongst reviewers and users .
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    Default Re: Compatibility Question - GTX 970 and Z87 Killer mobo

    Check out the RealHardTechX PSU Review Database

    Each psu vendor's models are listed on a web page with the following information:
    • Model name with a link to product page for more information
    • Max. Power (W)
    • OEM
    • Modular cables
    • PCIe 6pin / 8pin
    • Power Distribution +12V rails (A)
    • Max. Load +12V
    • Warranty (years)
    • Efficiency - 80 Plus certification

    Their recommend PSU review site list includes:

    Hardware Secrets, JonnyGuru, PC Perspective, Silent PC Review, Hardware Heaven,
    [H]ard OCP, AnandTech & Planet 3DNow!, Overclock 3D, Sweclockers, Chip Hell (Chinese only), PC-MAX,
    Xbit Labs, PC- experience, ITO CP, KitGuru, TheLab & Tech Power Up

    The best review sites will tell you the name of the OEM in the review.

    RealHardTechX has an excellent power supply review database and links to psu reviews from the best review sites.

    For example:
    Rosewill - PSU Review Database lists Rosewill power supply models and specifications.
    From their Rosewill psu model list you can quickly see that 17 of their psu models are made by Super Flower.

    If any of their recommended review sites have reviewed a particular model, there is a link to the psu review.


    Note: PSU Vendors sell power supplies made by several different psu OEM's where the quality ranges from excellent to average and in some cases poor quality.

    My favorite review sites are JonnyGuru, HardOCP, PCPER, HardwareSecrets and TechPowerUp.

    Another excellent site is for evaluating your power supply needs at eXtreme Power Supply Calculator - The most trusted PSU Wattage Calculator
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    Default Re: Compatibility Question - GTX 970 and Z87 Killer mobo

    Thank you!

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    Default Re: Compatibility Question - GTX 970 and Z87 Killer mobo

    So I had a stroke of good timing and got a Seasonic SS-660XP2 for $84 (after MIR) and it will be delivered tomorrow. I checked it out on a couple of the sites that you had mentioned and it seemed like a no-brainer.

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    Default Re: Compatibility Question - GTX 970 and Z87 Killer mobo

    No-brainer? I resemble that remark.

    I bought my Seasonic SS-660XP2 from Newegg for $90 (after MIR with free shipping) in February 2013.

    My Seasonic X650's after rebate price was $100 with free shipping in 2011.

    There were no problems with either of the mail in rebates.

    Some top of the line Super Flower modular power supplies were mostly modular and not fully modular.

    Seasonic power supplies are my first choice and power supplies made by Super Flower are a close second.
    Enjoy your new, virtually silent Seasonic power supply.
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