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What to Do With Unused Power Connectors?

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February 23, 2011 3:34:33 PM

Noob wading into the waters. :o 

Best to ask my question with an example: The processor power connector on my motherboard has 4 pins. If I get a power supply with a 4+4 pin processor connector, what happens to the unused 4-pin connector? Do I cover it with electrical tape? I mean, here's this wire with one end plugged into a power supply and the other end roaming free, just waiting to cause a short circuit if it comes into contact with something conductive.

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a c 311 ) Power supply
February 23, 2011 3:42:47 PM

The contacts on PSU power connectors are recessed in a plastic casing, the metal inside cannot make contact with anything outside unless you shove something in there, like the contacts of the connector its supposed to go in, or something bad like a fork. You can leave the other 4 pins roaming free, it doesnt have the ability to make a short with anything conductive by accident.
February 23, 2011 4:53:51 PM

Hunter is write there, for keeping things tidy you could always bend it back and then tie it down though :) .
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February 23, 2011 5:14:22 PM

Best answer selected by Bulldog17.
February 23, 2011 5:17:30 PM

Thanks to both of you. I understand now.

So, do people generally let the other 4-pin connector just dangle, or do they tie it back with a zip tie or velcro?
a b ) Power supply
February 23, 2011 5:58:13 PM

I usually tidy everything up with some small zip ties of the same color as the rest of the computer to keep it looking nice and uniform.


I forgot to mention though I am really anal about how the wiring looks it really doesn't matter as long as the wire is not touching any fans or blocking airflow it does not matter.