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Windows 7: 8 Pin CPU Cable = 2x4 pin?

29 Jun 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
8 Pin CPU Cable = 2x4 pin?

I notice many power supplies including some of Corsairs more premium ax series such as the ax850 still dont come with an 8 pin cable which some motherboards have. I have heard it is suitable to use 2x4 pin cables, but I want to be sure. Can anyone confirm/deny this for me?

Thanks


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29 Jun 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

For AMD boards most models only use one of the two 4 pin plugs as a rule. For Intel models that use 8 pins you would simply plug both 4 pin plugs in together to represent one 8 pin connector. You simply line the two up side by side when going to plug them in.
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29 Jun 2012   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Right, so a AX650W PSU from Corsair, comes with 8 "4 Pin Peripheral Connectors", I would just use 2 side by side on a Intel z77 board?
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29 Jun 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

I just dropped a 600w model on one old case here I'm trying to get running that see two 4 pin plugs for cpu and two for video card. This is why you would typically see four 4 pin plugs with a slight difference when looking over the two separate pairs in the size of the plugs.

The pair for the cpu will be a separate rail by itself where the sleeve is as heavy as the ones for the sata and ide connectors to distinguish those apart from the two available for SLI or Crossfire setups if not running a single video card. Once you stretch the cord out and bring the correct pair over to the cpu power connection on the board you can match up the right ones by size and locking tab on each plug.
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30 Jun 2012   #5

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tomha View Post
Right, so a AX650W PSU from Corsair, comes with 8 "4 Pin Peripheral Connectors", I would just use 2 side by side on a Intel z77 board?
Nah.

The "4 pin peripheral connectors" are the old Molex connectors commonly used on PATA (IDE) hard drives and optical drives.

You'd use the 8 pin EPS connector, which can be split into two 4 pin ones.
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30 Jun 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Have a look at the two types of plugs being described here. When scrolling down the right side of the Wikipedia page here you will see 3 photos first being the back of a power supply. second 24pin main connector and single 4pin cpu power feed, and the last the standard molex type connector for ide hard drives and ide optical drives as well as an alternate power feed for the old Sata I type hard disks. Molex connector - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Now simply type cpu power connector 8 pin or other on the Bing search engine to see a page full of various cpu power feed connectors. cpu power connector 8 pin - Bing Images

This will help distinguish the differences between the different types of 4 pin plugs.
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30 Jun 2012   #7

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Gotcha. The power supply should arrive tomorrow, then I can check I got it all sorted. Until then though, thanks for the help
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30 Jun 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

With the 600w Corsair I will be putting to use once a replacement board arrives on the old case that sees a separate rail for the cpu power. You likely will find the one you get in will be the same since that's how that brand manages the connections.

The rest is simply getting familiar with where everything is located on the board itself. That's where going over the general layout as well as all of the sections in the board's user manual is an even larger help.
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30 Jun 2012   #9

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

I got the general layout of motherboards sorted, this is just the first time ive encountered the 8 pin plug for the cpu, and my hx650 I use currently doesn't have any kind of 8 pin connector, I just wanted to be sure.
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01 Jul 2012   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Most of the time you will see the 4 pin used. But this also depends on a few things like the cpu socket type and it's requirements since they vary as well as the model line the cpu comes from.

Generally the 8 pin will be found on an Intel not AMD board. Often that depends on the board manufacturer at this point and what the board has on it. A dual cpu server board would certainly use it!
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