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Extra 4 pin power input on Maximus V Formula - Mandatory?

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May 30, 2012 1:20:22 PM

I saw a video of the Maximus V Gene and it has an 8 pin power input like all normal boards. However, it also has an extra 4-pin power input next to it. The guy said it was for the person who wants to really push the board to its limits. Then he said something about power loss when its cold or something. What I want to know, is this 4 pin power input mandatory to be plugged in?
a b V Motherboard
May 30, 2012 1:32:02 PM

Out of stability sake...I would plug it in.
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May 30, 2012 1:34:33 PM

Yes but you see, the AX850 only has space for one 8 pin power input. I can't run SLI if I plug in the other one.
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a b V Motherboard
May 30, 2012 1:39:03 PM

Then don't plug it in if you can't. Try it out.
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a b V Motherboard
May 30, 2012 1:43:52 PM

Edit: AFAIK that extra 4 pin power connector is for better stability when doing a very high OC. Most likely you won't need to plug it in if your not going to do a mad overclock.
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May 30, 2012 2:01:37 PM

The additional 4pin connector isn't necessary unless you're planning on pushing the board. As for the PSU, from your other thread I gather you haven't purchased one yet... so you might as well look into one with additional 4pin to keep your options open.

In your other thread you also mentioned the cables and where they go. Don't worry about, they will all fall into place nicely.
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May 30, 2012 2:06:23 PM

pdxalex said:
The additional 4pin connector isn't necessary unless you're planning on pushing the board. As for the PSU, from your other thread I gather you haven't purchased one yet... so you might as well look into one with additional 4pin to keep your options open.

In your other thread you also mentioned the cables and where they go. Don't worry about, they will all fall into place nicely.


Ah yes, I am unsure of a PSU to get definitely. I just like the ax850 because it has black cables and such. Were you one of the people recommending seasonic x series?
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May 30, 2012 2:21:13 PM

iraserei said:
Ah yes, I am unsure of a PSU to get definitely. I just like the ax850 because it has black cables and such. Were you one of the people recommending seasonic x series?


I wasn't... but Seasonic was on the tip of my tongue with regards to the extra 4-pin connectors. That said, I'm not sure which Corsair/Seasonic PSUs have an additional 4pin connector for the CPU.
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May 30, 2012 2:25:10 PM

Also, how would you classify the term "pushing the board"?
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May 30, 2012 3:08:16 PM

iraserei said:
Also, how would you classify the term "pushing the board"?


To provide ample power and stability for extreme overclocks on high-end CPUs, I would think.
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May 31, 2012 4:03:59 AM

Maybe I will wait until Computex to gain more information on the product. I am planning on overclocking an i5 3570k to 4.5ghz and corsair 8gb vengeance to 1866mhz. I don't think I am pushing the board, therefore I don't believe I would even need the extra 4 pin input. Do you agree?
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a c 1027 V Motherboard
June 24, 2013 10:21:03 PM

You don't need to use the extra 8 pin power unless your an extreme overclocker.
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