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125 W CPU support with only a 4 pin CPU power connector?

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December 13, 2013 8:53:47 PM

Is it really possible? Is it recommended?
I thought that 125 W CPU support was made possible with the 8 pins CPU power connectors...
I'm confused because of those:
MSI 760GM-E51 (FX)
ASUS M5A78L-M/USB3
They claim to support 125 W CPU. Is that right?
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December 13, 2013 8:59:49 PM

If the CPU is listed as compatible for the motherboard, I'm sure it can provide enough power for the CPU with the available connectors.
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December 13, 2013 9:00:32 PM

Its close and ocing with them would be a poor idea, but yes, however some of the asus boards have officially pulled support for them
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December 13, 2013 9:04:10 PM

Those are Micro ATX boards and you'll get away with a higher CPU power consumption by reducing other power needs on the board.
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December 13, 2013 9:31:48 PM

Whether the CPU power connector has 4 or 8 pins is not a determining factor as to the support of 125 Watt TDP CPUs. You should check the manufacturers CPU Support List for official support.
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December 13, 2013 10:17:11 PM

The 4-pin connector has two 8-amp lines on it which in theory means it can get up to 192 watts to the plug on your motherboard. The problem is, it's up to the motherboard manufacturer what happens from this point, and they don't have any requirement to use components that are going to be able to handle all of that power over a 4-pin connector. As everybody else has mentioned, your best bet is going to be to read the documentation for the particular make, model, and revision of motherboard you are using.
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