1 it should be fine.
2 yes as stated in your manual . "If your motherboard has a 4-pin socket, detach the 4-pin from the 8-pin cable, and then plug this 4-pin cable directly to
Thanks Rolli59. Oddly, my Corsair didn't come with a user manual...just a "Warranty Guide" and a "Safety Information" pamphlet. However, I just found a user manual pdf online.
One clarification, when you said it should be fine (#1), did you mean fine to attach the unmodified Corsair 24 pin connector, or to detach the blue wire from pin #14 and then plug in the connector?. Thanks again!