5 pin PCIe sv 6 pin PCIe?

So I have two molex adapters. Both of them are "6 pin" PCIe to molex adapters.

However, one of them only has 5 wires and one of the connector pins is empty. The other has the full 6 wires and all 6 connector pins.
Both of them seem to work fine.

Is there an advantage of one to the other?


X = pin
O = empty

Full 6 pins 5 pins
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  1. Either one should work fine --- the standard pinout for the 6-pin is listed here ---- as you can see the pins are 3 +12V and 3 Ground but pin 2 is normally not used (since the 2 +12V wires can already provide more than the spec 75W - so it is sometimes left not connected !
  2. Ah I see. Thanks

    How much extra power can that 1 more pin provide?
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    Bluescreendeath said:
    Ah I see. Thanks

    How much extra power can that 1 more pin provide?

    Not sure exactly -- but figure the 8-pin PCI-e adapter is merely adding 2 additional ground wires to provide grounding for the extra current (up to an additional 75W) that newer cards pull through those same wires - if that gives you any idea !!

    8-pin pinout link

    EDIT : Found a thread ( Linkie ) I read awhile back explaining the 6-pin vs. 8-pin pinouts that states this :

    The #18 leads can carry a max of 10 amps each, so 3 leads @ 12V could theorically 30 Amps or 360 watts.

    EDIT #2 and then goes on later to explain the actual spec as follows :

    The PCI-E connecter has 6 pins. They are not all used for power. For the 6 pin connector, Pins 1 & 3 are 12V & each can carry 8 Amps. Pin 2 by spec is not connected, although some PSU manufacturers do add a 12V line there. Pins 4 & 6 are Com return lines. Pin5 is Com for sensing. Using 2 lines, you get 12V*8A*2= 192Watts, much over the required 75Watts. With an 8 pin PCI-E connector, 2 Com lines are added (4&8) not a 12V & Com. There, Pins 1,2,3 are 12V, Pin 4 is a Com for the 8 pin connector sensing, Pin 5,7,8 are Com return lines, & pin 6 is for the 6 pin connector sensing. Using that config, 12V*8Amp*3=288 Watts, much over the required 150Watts.
  4. cool thanks
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