NVIDIA Ampere GPU general header 2

Nvidia’s RTX 30 series AMPERE graphics cards’ Power Supply requirements detailed

As you may already know by now that Nvidia’s new Ampere lineup of flagship RTX GPUs have a steep PSU requirement, slightly more than the previous-gen Turing cards.

Nvidia’s new RTX 30 series Ampere Founders Edition gaming GPUs will also utilize a new 12-Pin power connector interface. We have already seen power consumption figures exceeding 300 Watts on some of the Ampere cards before. The cooler and the heatsink also appear to be a huge update over the traditional reference design that Nvidia has offered over the years. Nvidia officially recommends a minimum 750 Watts power supply unit for the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090, but for most of the systems a beefier PSU may be required, depending on the type of CPU installed on that particular system.

ASUS just posted a table showing the different PSU wattage requirements based on the varying power consumption of high-end CPUs used in any particular gaming PC. This will give you some rough estimate about the overall power consumption of any system.

But do note that the actual PSU requirement will still vary depending on the system, based on the number of components installed, since each PC is different. ASUS has also included the data for the Turing lineup of cards. Some of the gamers might be requiring a PSU upgrade, should they plan to upgrade to the RTX 3090/3080/3070, but with the looming global shortage crisis it may be hard to grab a unit at a reasonable cost, since the PSU prices have recently skyrocketed.

Asus Ampere GPUs recommended PSUs

As you can see from the above table, the recommended PSU requirement for the flagship cards is slightly higher than what Nvidia has advertised.

Going into more details, a 750W power supply may be required for the RTX 3090 GPU when it is paired with any of the mainstream Intel Core i5/i7and AMD Ryzen 5/7 CPUs. That requirement will jump to 850W when the RTX 3090 is paired with the Intel Core i9 and AMD Ryzen 9 chip. Lastly, a 1000W PSU may be required for Intel HEDT and AMD Threadripper platforms.

Coming to the RTX 3080, the PSU requirements are the same as the RTX 3090, at 750W, when using the mainstream Intel Core i5/i7 and AMD Ryzen 5/7 CPUs. But you may require an 850W PSU for the HEDT/Threadripper and Core i9/Ryzen 9 platforms. Finally, for the RTX 3070 you will only need a 650W PSU for the Intel Core i5/i7 & AMD Ryzen 5/7 systems. For the Core i9/Ryzen 9 system, the wattage goes higher at 750W, and 850W for the HEDT/Threadripper platform.

Nvidia’s recent strategy with the Ampere GPU lineup puts performance over power consumption, which will force a lot of PC builders to upgrade their PSUs, assuming they are currently rocking a lower wattage PSU. Though, the power supply volume production has been at an all-time low, causing stock outages and prices to skyrocket. The following market factors need be taken into account:

  • The desktop PC market grew faster than expected due to everyone working from home
  • The covid pandemic paralyzed China’s production for a few months
  • Shipping products via plane became three times more expensive due to the pandemic

Speaking of PSUs, I just wanted to highlight these points as well.

Anyways, as you already know that PSU is the most important component of any rig or PC. First off, the Wattage number is not always the deciding factor as many think. The quality and the make/brand of the unit matters the most. The main concern is the quality of the power, the quality of the components used/Capacitors, as well as the total AMP drawn on the +12V RAIL (output), the efficiency under load, ripple suppression, OEM, among other factors.

The total wattage number of any PSU is not always really the most important deciding factor, primary concern is the quality of power it produces, and the total capacity of the 12V source etc. Also, if suppose you have a 500W PSU installed on any RIG, then that does not mean that it will always draw the full wattage, 500 W. Nope. The amount of power drawn is determined by the number of components on that rig or computer, and how much they actually require.

The amount of power drawn will only be equal to what is required, and not more. Suppose, if all the components of a rig require 400 W to run, then the load on the PSU will be 400 W, and hence the power draw of that particular PC will always be 400 W (depending on the efficiency obviously), regardless of whether a 500 Watt or a 1000 Watt PSU is installed.

PSU efficiency is a totally different matter though, as how well the PSU converts the AC power it receives from the outlet, to DC. Any electricity which is not converted from AC to DC is given off as heat. PLATINUM certified PSU might help you save a little on your electricity bill, over a year, though this depends on many other factors as well. Because any high quality TIER 1 platinum certified PSU is rated for at least 90% efficiency at 20% load, 92% at 50% load, and 89% at 100% load (just a rough estimate).

Some good high-quality units I always recommend to buy, but this list is not exhaustive by any means.

There are many more Models.

  • SEASONIC PRIME, and Prime Ultra, or FOCUS Plus GOLD, Focus Plus Platinum
  • CORSAIR AXi, RMi, RMx 550/650W, SF, HX 2017, HXi
  • FSP – Hydro PTM 550/650W
  • Cooler Master – MasterWatt Maker MiJ, V series 550/650W
  • Antec – High Current Pro, High Current Platinum, Earthwatts Pro Gold, HCG Gold.
  • Super Flower – Leadex Gold II
  • be Quiet! – Dark Power Pro 11, Straight Power 11, Dark Power Pro P10
  • EVGA -Supernova G1+, GQ, P2, T2, G2, B2, BQ =>750

Thanks, Tom’s Hardware.

Metal Messiah

Hello, my name is NICK Richardson. I'm an avid PC and tech fan since the good old days of RIVA TNT2, and 3DFX interactive "Voodoo" gaming cards. I love playing mostly First-person shooters, and I'm a die-hard fan of this FPS genre, since the good 'old Doom and Wolfenstein days. MUSIC has always been my passion/roots, but I started gaming "casually" when I was young on Nvidia's GeForce3 series of cards. I'm by no means an avid or a hardcore gamer though, but I just love stuff related to the PC, Games, and technology in general. I've been involved with many indie Metal bands worldwide, and have helped them promote their albums in record labels. I'm a very broad-minded down to earth guy. MUSIC is my inner expression, and soul. Contact: Email