How do I determine how big my power supply is?

Computer power supplyYou can determine the total output of a power supply by physically examining the power supply. All power supplies, like the one shown to the right, have a sticker on the power supply that gives all important specifications, including the total output of the power supply. For example, this power supply would list the total output as 330W (330 Watt power supply).

If you have a computer that is already assembled, you can determine how big the power supply is by opening the computer and examining the power supply.

PSU side sticker

As can be seen by the above example power supply sticker picture this power supply is a 500 Watt (500W) power supply. Many power supply manufacturers also use the wattage of the power supply in the model number. For example, in the above picture the model number is APS-500S, which is also an indication of a 500W PSU.

If you're unable to find a sticker or any identification on the power supply from examining it while installed in the computer it's possible that the identification may be on a side that is not visible. If this is the case you would need to remove the power supply before being able to identify it.

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