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8-Pin CPU power Mobo

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August 14, 2010 3:08:33 PM

Okay, I've got this oddball mobo that has an 8-Pin power connector for the cpu. There are cables that convert a 4 pin or 6 pin to an 8-pin power connector. Which should I choose?

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August 14, 2010 3:31:47 PM

What CPU are you using ?? -- on most MOBOs if you are using a 150W or lower CPU you do not need all 8-pins of the 8-pin connector and can use the older 4-pin provided by older PSUs ! (just check your MOBO manual to see which 4 pins to use. The extra 4 pins just allow more wattage for those CPUs that need more power.

If you have to use all 8 then you'd want a 4 pin to 8-pin adapter (the 6 pin plugs and 6-pin to 8-pin adapters are for the PCI-e video cards not the CPU !)
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August 14, 2010 3:33:47 PM

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August 14, 2010 3:42:44 PM

ahthurungnone said:
Thanks so much!!!

No problem - Just looked at the MOBO pic on newegg and in the pic they even show the MOBO coming with 4 of the 8 pins blocked with a plastic piece so looks like you need to use the 4 pins toward the edge of the MOBO (NEar the SYSFAN1 plug) and leave the inner 4 empty ( See This PIC )