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Windows 7: 4-pin or 6-pin instead of 8-pin?


17 Dec 2011   #1

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4-pin or 6-pin instead of 8-pin?

I'm building a PC with an ASUS P8H67-V mobo. It has two PCIe2.0x16 slots (SLI ready). I'm going to use ONE slot for a video card (ASUS GT430 128bit). My Power Supply (600W) has a 6-pin & a 4-pin cable connector, not a 6+2.

If I'm only going to use one PCIe slot, would the 6-pin be adquate?

Thanx,

Party cloudy


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17 Dec 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Seeing as the GT 430 doesn't require an external power connection, where are you looking to plug this into?
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17 Dec 2011   #3
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Partly Cloudy,

The number of pins required (6, 4, or 6+2) on the PCI-E power cable depends on how many are required for your graphics card.

Looking at your ASUS GT430 128bit graphic card's specs at the link below, it does not require a extra power connection with a PCI-E power cable, so you do not need to worry about it.

ASUSTeK Computer Inc. - Graphics Cards- ASUS ENGT430/DI/1GD3(LP)

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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17 Dec 2011   #4

W7 Home 64bit
 
 

Maybe I'm confused, but my mobo has an 8-pin pwr conn labeled EATX12V. Is my 4-pin yellow/black from the PS adequate? It's running a Core i5 (no OC).

Thanx,

Party cloudy
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17 Dec 2011   #5
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Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

According to the manual for your motherboard it should be OK with just the 4 pin in the CPU (ATX12V) connection,

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seeing as the ATX 2.0 spec only calls for a single 4 pin CPU connector. All things considering if your power supply is that old I would consider looking at a new one that is up to the current specs (ATX 2.3).


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17 Dec 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Sorry Party cloudy,

We thought you were referring to the power connection on your graphics card.

Stormy (Richard) is correct that you could use either a 4-pin or 8-pin ATX +12V power plug. This is to power your CPU. Just be sure to plug it in on the side (right side on diagram above & below) closet to pin 1 on the motherboard's 8-pin (EATX12V) power connecter.

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17 Dec 2011   #7

W7 Home 64bit
 
 

Thanks,

Yeah, the 4-pin worked just fine. I'm loading the OS now.

What would you need an 8-pin for? I'm running an i5. Would it be if I were using an i7 instead?

Thanx,

partly cloudy
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17 Dec 2011   #8
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

It's just that a 8-pin is recommended to be able to provide more power if needed for the CPU say if it was more powerful, under a heavy load, or overclocked. That's all.
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