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GPU power cable question?

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August 14, 2013 8:54:18 PM

I just got the PNY GTX 770 and it requires 6 pin and 8 pin power connectors and I have a PSU with 6pin/6+2pi/8pin connectors. Can you use the 6+2 pin connector as the required 8 pin? (asthat is what I am doing)

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August 14, 2013 8:59:14 PM
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Yes, a 6+2-pin can be used in a video card's 8-pin socket/receptacle, as an 8-pin.
August 15, 2013 1:31:12 AM

radiovan said:
Yes, a 6+2-pin can be used in a video card's 8-pin socket/receptacle, as an 8-pin.


I saw the 8 pin cable in the PSU box and I thought different. thank you for answering I had to be sure
August 15, 2013 2:06:05 AM

massa902 said:
radiovan said:
Yes, a 6+2-pin can be used in a video card's 8-pin socket/receptacle, as an 8-pin.


I saw the 8 pin cable in the PSU box and I thought different. thank you for answering I had to be sure

Well, PSUs come with 4+4-Pin and/or 8-pin to provide power to the CPU, as well as separate cable(s) to power your video cards which can come in a variety of 6-pin, 6+2-pin and/or 8-pin. However, there are physical differences between the CPU 8-pin and PCIE 8-pin. Also the male and female 8-pin sockets are "keyed" to prevent users from incorrectly plugging in the wrong 8-pin (unless you try really hard), and are usually labelled "CPU" and "PCIE" right on the male sockets, which you would plug into the female ones. Whether you use the 6+2-pin or the 8-pin PCIE socket to plug into the card 8-pin female socket is up to you.

Hope that clarifies it.
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