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PCI-E Extension Cables

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September 2, 2010 1:40:08 PM

I am wanting to improve the cable routing within my case however some cables are simply not able to go behind the motherboard tray and back up to the relevant components. I started looking for cable extensions and they all seem to be covered nicely. However i couldnt find any straight 8pin - 8pin PCI-E extension cables, only 6pin - 8+2pin PCI-E. Said cable extenders are made by NZXT which aren't exactly an unknown make but i was wondering if first of all, are there 8pin-8pin PCI-E extension cables available (im in the UK). If not, will the 6pin-8+2pin extension be ok for my Radeon 5970?

Thanks.

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September 2, 2010 1:45:26 PM

saaiello said:
The 6 plus 2 would be fine but you can get straight 8 pin extensions.

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11062/cab-236/ModRigh...


Thanks for the reply, while we're on the topic, what is the difference between 6 pin and 8 pin? Can't be massive in light of the fact that a 6-8pin converter would work no problems but it would be good to know.

Thanks again.
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a c 139 ) Power supply
September 2, 2010 1:49:35 PM

6 pin PCI-e connector can deliver up to 75watts of power.
8 pin PCI-e connector can deliver up to 150watts of power.
September 2, 2010 1:53:18 PM

WR2 said:
6 pin PCI-e connector can deliver up to 75watts of power.
8 pin PCI-e connector can deliver up to 150watts of power.


This seems somewhat contradictory to the first replier. Would a 6pin - 6+2pin PCI-E extension cable be suitable for extending what would have otherwise been a straight 8pin connection?
a c 139 ) Power supply
September 2, 2010 2:02:17 PM

There is no contradiction that I can see.
a b ) Power supply
September 2, 2010 2:03:36 PM

A cable that says it is a 6 +2 can be eitier a 6 pin 75 watt connector or an 8 pin 150 watt connector.

September 2, 2010 2:11:06 PM

So i plug a 6pin connection into the back of my PSU and connect that to the 6pin end of the extension cable that ups the amount of pins on the other end to 8pins. How many watts would that deliver?
a c 139 ) Power supply
September 2, 2010 2:20:07 PM

75watts.
a b ) Power supply
September 2, 2010 2:21:39 PM

OMG you are not getting it. 6 +2 8 pins are already there the 2 are optional. So if you connect just the 6 its 75 if you connect the 8 its 150 watts.

All you asked was for a EXTENSION which the link I provided will work perfect.
September 2, 2010 2:24:40 PM

Well i'm sorry for not getting it straight away but theres no need to get angry about it. I just wanted to make sure. I think i'm going to go with an 8pin - 8pin like you linked and be on the safe side. Thanks.
a b ) Power supply
September 2, 2010 2:26:53 PM

Griffolion said:
Well i'm sorry for not getting it straight away but theres no need to get angry about it. I just wanted to make sure. I think i'm going to go with an 8pin - 8pin like you linked and be on the safe side. Thanks.

Sorry didn't mean to be rude and not angry at all.

Good Luck
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