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1950 pro AGP - Another power requirements question

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December 13, 2007 6:31:10 PM

I recently ordered a X1950 pro to replace my aging X800 pro AGP card and I noticed after I ordered that the card has slots for 2 molex connectors on it.

My problem is that I seem to have only ONE available connector left, whcih is the one I use for my graphics card. There is however a molex "splitter" included in the card's package.

My power supply is an Antec 480W true blue. It says I have 22A on the 12v.

Is using the splitter problematic? Has anyone else tried?

PC: 3400+ AMD64
Mobo: MSI K8T NEO
RAm: 1 Gig
Storage: 2 X 120 gig hardrives Raid 0

December 13, 2007 6:40:12 PM

Using the splitter with that PSU, you should be OK. The X1950 PRO isn't THAT much of a power hog.
December 13, 2007 6:41:46 PM

That six pin power connector is for hooking up to the card.The two molex attachments on it are for hooking up two molex cables to run the one six pin connector.If you take a closer look,you'll see they are the same.So no you can't hook up another similar six pin cable to that one and run two cards off it.This will overload your powersupply.Best option is to get a SLI ready PSU with at least 30amps on the 12volt rail.Goodluck.

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December 13, 2007 7:09:24 PM

I am not trying to run 2 cards lol
I am trying to run ONE card. Let me explain again:

I have only 1 free Molex 4 pin conncetor, but the card requires 2. There is a "splitter" in the package according to some of the reviews (if not I'm sure I can find one). My question was will that be ok? Cleeve you think so?

Here is a picture to clarify:
http://www.elitebastards.com/hanners/sapphire/x1950pro_...
December 13, 2007 7:43:21 PM

Should be fine.

Worst case scenario - if it's not fine - it'll crash during a game. Won't do any damage, you'll just have to reboot.
December 13, 2007 8:05:00 PM

Thank you, I kind of need the reassurance because replacing a PSU is a pain in the A$$...
December 13, 2007 8:08:03 PM

Well, I think it should be just fine. But if you experience a lot of crashing it's something to look into.
a b U Graphics card
December 13, 2007 10:39:03 PM

Like Cleeve said, if you lack stability, it's the PSU. You already ordered the card, may as well try it out.

ATI actually recommends a 450W PSU with minimum of 30 amp on the 12v rail. Your old true 480 is way shy of that at 22 amp. You could still be fine, depending on how loaded the system is. How many HDD's? Just the two? How about Optical drives? If you have two of those also, I forsee problems. What's using up all those molex connectors?

I successfully ran an X1650XT AGP (that also stated 450W & 30 amp) with an Antec True 380W (24 amp 12v rail). But you have only 22 amp, and the x1950 pro uses more than the X1650XT. http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/radeon-x...
December 14, 2007 5:10:20 PM

I only have 1 optical drive. For some reason my PSU seems to have only 5 Molex connectors although the spec says its 6...wierd.

2 are used for HD
1 is optical drive
1 is Video card
1 is for the front fan and light i believe--> My case is a Coolermaster Wave master.
a b U Graphics card
December 14, 2007 5:28:11 PM

Use the splitter. The fan and ligt don't use many Watts.
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