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GTX 580 how to connect the pci-e cable

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September 15, 2012 5:53:55 PM

Hello everyone,
Right now i'm doing my first pc build, and i came to a problem, which is a noob problem.
My PSU has four 6+2pin PCI-E, but my gtx 580 need a 8 pin and a 6 pin connector.
Can i plug the 6+2pin connector into the 8 pin, and the 6 pin connector (of the 6+2pin connector) to the 6 pin?
If not, then what is the solution? do i have to buy another PSU? or is there some kind of converter that i can use?
Thank you.
September 15, 2012 5:57:10 PM

what psu do you have????
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September 15, 2012 5:58:05 PM

Yes, what you said is exactly correct. The reason they are 6+2 in your psu is because some cards need 6 or 8 or 6+6 or 8+6 or 8+8 and it can accommodate all of them.
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September 15, 2012 5:58:16 PM

i'm using an corsair GS800
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September 15, 2012 5:59:26 PM

yep thats excactly how it is supposed to be done
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September 15, 2012 6:01:43 PM

bavman said:
Yes, what you said is exactly correct. The reason they are 6+2 in your psu is because some cards need 6 or 8 or 6+6 or 8+6 or 8+8 and it can accommodate all of them.

I heard that the 6+2 pin connector provides lower power than the 8 pin connector, is that true? or is it effect my GPU? (kinda like make the GPU run...weak?)
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September 15, 2012 6:02:58 PM

blackskies19 said:
I heard that the 6+2 pin connector provides lower power than the 8 pin connector, is that true? or is it effect my GPU? (kinda like make the GPU run...weak?)


HUH?

What are you going to do, plug 8 pins into a 6 pin hole?? LOL
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September 15, 2012 6:05:24 PM

geekapproved said:
HUH?

What are you going to do, plug 8 pins into a 6 pin hole?? LOL

what i mean is, is it better to have another psu that comes with 8 pin connector? or is it the same?
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September 15, 2012 6:30:38 PM

The 6+2 connectors are designed to fit in either 6 or 8 pin sockets for video cards. That's why they're there. The power is the same whether you use a 6+2 or an 8 pin in an 8 pin socket. And the 6 pin part of the 6+2 connector is exactly like the regular 6 pin connector.... Electricity is like that....
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September 15, 2012 7:31:43 PM

I agree.

8 pin = 6 + 2 pin

As long as your PSU is approximately 550W or higher and half decent quality you should have absolutely no problems.

*Power from the PSU is designed to be idiot-proof. They can ONLY fit where intended.
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September 15, 2012 7:38:38 PM

6+2 pin is exactly what you need.
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