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Old 12-20-2006, 03:51 PM   #1
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what is the 4 pin molex power connector for on the x-fi cards? I purchased a Xtrememusic card and it did not say what the power connector was for. You dont have to plug the card in to the power supply do you? It draws power from the PCI slot? The other versions of the xfi such as the platinum come with a power splitter?

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This is what it is for i belive

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Old 12-20-2006, 04:23 PM   #3
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thats the aux-in connecter... theres another one that says POWER CONNECTER beside that...
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thats the aux-in connecter... theres another one that says POWER CONNECTER beside that...
oh oops, I highley doubt you have to plug the card in to the power supply or power source i've never heard of that yet.
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Yes, that is what it's for....you need to plug in an unused 4-pin power lead from your power supply.
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Yes, that is what it's for....you need to plug in an unused 4-pin power lead from your power supply.
really, weird I never saw that until now.
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Old 12-20-2006, 05:13 PM   #7
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really? because im using the card now and it works fine without it hooked to the power supply? it also didnt say anything in the assembly instructions about hooking it up to the power supply.
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really? because im using the card now and it works fine without it hooked to the power supply?
yeah, I dunno maby it's a marketing thing or something
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Old 12-20-2006, 07:21 PM   #9
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marketing thing? well there is also a power connector on the consoles that come with the other versions of the x-fi cards, and an included power splitter which has the smaller version of the 4 pin power connector to the larger versions of the 4 pin molex that ocnnect to the power supply. im a bit confused as it did not say to plug into the power supply..
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Old 12-20-2006, 08:09 PM   #10
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really, weird I never saw that until now.
Yeah, well remember the days when we all thought it was weird graphics cards needed power connectors lol

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Yes I just bought the same card. I don't know if you really need to plug it in because I had mine plugged in the first time I turned it on. I'd recommend plugging it in though.
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Default Re: Power connector on X-fi cards?

Well, cards are getting more powerful these days and they need more power than they can draw from the pci slot.
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looks like creative is also hopping on the bandwagon along with nvidia, AMD (ati), Intel and the motherboard manufacturers. Power connector here and there
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Old 12-21-2006, 12:25 AM   #14
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Maybe charge an extra buck here and there...

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Old 12-21-2006, 12:43 AM   #15
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Default Re: Power connector on X-fi cards?

The power connector on the X-Fi looks like the kind you would use from a floppy drive. The main processor has around 51 million transistors, compared to 4.6 million in the Audigy. In sheer power, the X-Fi processor is around 24x more powerful as well. Creative includes a splitter to go off a standard molex power connector if needed.
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odds are its there for a reason (like the plugs on video cards) so i'd use it just to be safe.
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Old 12-21-2006, 05:07 PM   #17
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Default Re: Power connector on X-fi cards?

Well as i said i bought the xtrememusic edition... and it would of been nice if they would have included the splitter... and at least told u in the instructions to connect it to the power! i didnt know since there was no splitter or the instructions to tell u to do so. so im using the card right now without it connected to the power supply, but should i go ahead and do that?
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Yeah, I would plug it in. You might not be getting the full potential out of it.
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i plugged it in... no noticeable sound difference. but what was noticeable was the incredible difference between the x-fi on onboard sound. i also got a set of logitech x-540s. good set of speakers for the price but i noticed that there seems to be a bit distortion on the high end trebles.
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