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2x2 cpu connector with a 2x12 atx connector?

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July 14, 2010 11:48:31 PM

Can I use a 2x2 connector with a 2x12 or do I need to only use a 2x4 with the 2x12 and 2x2 with 2x10?
a c 199 à CPUs
July 15, 2010 12:04:48 AM

It all depends on what your board wants, check the motherboard manual to see what it needs.

The larger connector powers the motherboard, while the smaller only powers the CPU so if the board is only built for lower power CPUs it might only want a 2x2 but might need the 2x12 for its onboard components, there arent set rules that say if you use A you must also use B it all depends on the board.
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July 15, 2010 12:09:58 AM

Motherboard manual doesn't really say. It says that it can accept either 2x4 and 2x12 or 2x2 and 2x10 but it doesn't say whether or not mix them.
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July 15, 2010 12:14:03 AM

Okay, then it really doesnt matter. The board will only use the power that it needs if it only needs to use the 2x10 and you plug in a 2x12 it just wont draw power from the extra 4 pins so its perfectly fine to mix and match, the connector doesnt push the power into the component it just makes it available if needed.
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July 15, 2010 12:16:04 AM

Best answer selected by Arkons_71.
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July 15, 2010 12:16:17 AM

Great thanks for your help.
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