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On ATX power supplies, if the mb has a 20 pin and a 4 pin connector and your power supply has a 24 with 4 removeable and also a 4 pin stand alone connector, which do you use. the 4 pin plug seperated from the 24 pin or the stand alone 4 pin. the 4 pin from the 24 pin connector has red, yellow, orange and black whereby the stand alone 4 pin has two yellow and two black. If properly oriented, they will both go onto the cpu 4 pin receptacle?
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    The 4 pins that are their own connector are for the CPU power connector, the voltages on the pins are different. The 24 pin power connector must be made up of the 20+4 pin connector which is the 4 pins that are connected to the 20 pin connector, if you put connector with 2 yellows and 2 blacks into the 24 pin connector instead of the one with a red, yellow, orange, and black you will destroy your motherboard.
  2. hunter315 said:
    The 4 pins that are their own connector are for the CPU power connector, the voltages on the pins are different. The 24 pin power connector must be made up of the 20+4 pin connector which is the 4 pins that are connected to the 20 pin connector, if you put connector with 2 yellows and 2 blacks into the 24 pin connector instead of the one with a red, yellow, orange, and black you will destroy your motherboard.

    The 20 pin connector is no problem. The Cpu plug (two yellow and two black). This is the correct connector for the 4 pin intel cpu power???
  3. The CPU plug is either going to be a 4 pin connector with 2 yellows and 2 blacks or it will be an 8 pin connector (may be in a 4+4 format) with 4 yellows and 4 blacks, the +4 part for the 20+4 pin connector is the red, yellow, orange, black connector.


    This site has pictures and shows you where all of the connectors from a PSU go in a system, even some old connectors that aren't used any more.
    http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html
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