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March 12, 2010 10:28:53 AM

I have a quick question for anyone that can help!

I have a ASUS P7P55D-E EVO motherboard and a Corsair TX650W power supply. The 8-pin EATX12V power connection on the motherboard has 4 pins covered. The power supply says it can provide 8-pin or 4-pin support.

I am right assuming I should try to take the plastic off the other 4-pin connector on motherboard and use all 8-pins? Any idea why 4-pins are covered, the motherboard guide says to use 8-pins but the fact 4 are covered with plastic is confusing me!

Thanks in advance for the help!

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March 12, 2010 10:34:28 AM

will2power said:

I am right assuming I should try to take the plastic off the other 4-pin connector on motherboard and use all 8-pins?

Depends on your cpu, got an I5 use the 4 pin , got an I7 use the 8 pin.

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March 12, 2010 12:28:57 PM
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According to Asus it is okay to remove the plastic cover and connect all 8 pins. The plastic cover is a convenience item for users who only have a 4 pin power cable. Asus does not say that in their owner manuals so it can be confusing. A couple of years ago I was in the same situation. I had to go to the Asus web site to find the answer.
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March 15, 2010 1:40:17 AM

"Depends on your cpu, got an I5 use the 4 pin , got an I7 use the 8 pin"

If this is the case, I have an i5, is it risky/ not advised to connect a i5 processor with a 8 pin connection? My understanding was 4 is ok 8 is better?

"According to Asus it is okay to remove the plastic cover and connect all 8 pins"

I connected all 8 pins, I will have a look on the ASUS website for confirmation!

Thank you both for your help!!
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March 15, 2010 1:45:30 AM

will2power said:

If this is the case, I have an i5, is it risky/ not advised to connect a i5 processor with a 8 pin connection? My understanding was 4 is ok 8 is better?

It's not going to hurt anything.
March 15, 2010 4:06:29 AM

"It's not going to hurt anything"

Thanks for the confirmation delluser1, its my 1st build so I am way too cautious, worried about explosions, smoke etc:) 
April 28, 2010 8:32:24 AM

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April 28, 2010 12:58:06 PM

If you dont have quad core dont use 8pin, only 4...

Don't thing that is better if you use 8 pin.
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April 28, 2010 1:58:56 PM

While the 4 Pin connection is perfectly acceptable to use when the CPU is under 125 W power consumption, My recommendation is to use the 8-pin, if available. There is no downside to using the 8-pin connection.

Reason: It all comes down to IR drop.
4pin connection = 2 Parallel current paths, 8 Pin = 4 parallel paths. This equates to a lower IR loss at the connector and therefore a higher Voltage appled to the CPU Voltage regulators. NOTE: very small difference, but does favor the 8-pin connection.

At the higher Current levels for 125W, and greater, CPUs this IR drop (Heat) accross the connector Pins could melt the plastic holder when 4-pins are used - reason 8-pin connection is required.

Added: Misko195. The 4/8 pin issue was prior to quad core CPUs. The 8 Pin connection was added to accomadate the "Old" P4 extreeme ed processors and MBs that could utilize dual proccessors. Granted quads use more power than dual cores in the same family, but the requirements where based on current (Power) requirements, not the number of cores.
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