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6870 Crossfire possible with PSU?

Hey i was thinking of adding in another XFX Radeon HD 6870 into my system by the end of the summer. I was wondering if this PSU would be able to handle the extra load..

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371021

Also the PCI-E 6 pin power cables that came with it are both double headed, if that makes sense. If it doesn't then i'll try to explain it. Coming from the PSU the wire splits into two PCI-E 6 pin male connectors. The second male connector comes out directly from the first male connector. Would I be able to use these connectors for crossfire or would it reduce the amount of power that goes into each GPU?

If it still doesn't make sense i'll try taking a picture of it and posting it up.

PS: I'm also fully aware my MOBO doesnt support x16/x16. It only allows x8/x8 which i've read is a small performance loss.. Very negligible to the amount of performance I will gain so I don't mind it.
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  1. since i can't re edit my post again.. heres a photo of the dual headed pci-e cord.. its odd i know but its a six pin PCI-E male connector attached to a 6+2 pin PCI-E male connector...

    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/52/img0151rb.jpg/
  2. http://www.amd.com/UK/PRODUCTS/DESKTOP/GRAPHICS/AMD-RADEON-HD-6000/HD-6870/Pages/amd-radeon-hd-6870-overview.aspx#3

    AMD says you can.

    http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-6850-6870-crossfirex-review/4

    Guru 3D reccomends a 700w.

    Antec makes some good PSUs, and that is one of them for sure. I'd venture to say you will be fine. Not sure about those PCI-e connectors though.
  3. Yes, that PSU will be able to run CF 6870.
  4. ok great! now i have to figure out if the connectors will work with it..... biggest concern right now
  5. Best answer
    Well, a pictures worth a thousand words, but that picture doesn't show much... (sorry way too dark)

    That aside I own a couple Antec TP 650watt supplies; they come with the correct connectors for a crossfire setup:

    2 x 6-Pin, 2 x 6+2-Pin

    Just use one 6 pin & one 6+2 pin per card.

    I've got 5770's running in crossfire in my rig no issues with connections...........


    NOTE: that 650watt is a good supply and this site recommends a 600watt supply for CrossFire so size SB good

    http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm
  6. jb6684 said:
    Well, a pictures worth a thousand words, but that picture doesn't show much... (sorry way too dark)

    That aside I own a couple Antec TP 650watt supplies; they come with the correct connectors for a crossfire setup:

    2 x 6-Pin, 2 x 6+2-Pin

    Just use one 6 pin & one 6+2 pin per card.

    I've got 5770's running in crossfire in my rig no issues with connections...........


    NOTE: that 650watt is a good supply and this site recommends a 600watt supply for CrossFire so size SB good

    http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm


    So it would be ok to use one wire with the 6+2 pin and 6 pin pci-e male connectors that are attached together? The power won't be diminished when using that type of connection?
  7. Yes this will be perfectly fine.......

    It won't reduce the voltage, or limit the current delivered to your cards in any way.


    BTW, I took the side panel off my computer and looked at the PCI-E cables on the Antec TP 650watt supply that powers it, NOW I understand what you were describing. One cable from the supply has a 6 pin PCI-E and the wires simply daisy chain (loop) over to the SECOND 6 + 2 pin PCI-E connector.
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