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Old 06-11-2006, 07:22 PM   #1
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this is know this is just like a super newb question but, i recall when i built my computer there was a 6-pin connector that was included with my 6800GS that connected with my power supply, i told my friend about this today, and he said he didn't need to do that with his 6600GT, i popped open my dell and checked the FX5200 and that didn't have any connectors to the power supply either. is it only newer cards that have this or is mine just retarded?
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Old 06-11-2006, 07:26 PM   #2
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Nope, some cards have it and some cards dont. The cards that need more juice usually have the 6 pin connector. Dont worry your card isnt a odd ball..
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Old 06-11-2006, 07:48 PM   #3
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yea but you really only need the power connector if your runing a juice sucking gfx card like an SLI 7800GTX which is ridiculous.
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Old 06-11-2006, 07:55 PM   #4
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Lower end video cards generally don't draw extra juice from the power supply. They just use whatever voltages are supplied through the graphics slot. On mine for example, I use a 7800GT and it utilizes a 4-pin power socket taken directly from my PSU. Some have this config, some don't.
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yea but you really only need the power connector if your runing a juice sucking gfx card like an SLI 7800GTX which is ridiculous.
well if there is a place for a 6 pin power cable then u should use it.

And as the previous posters already said, only the more powerfull cards require extra power. (because the pci-e/agp port can't give them enough power)
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Old 06-11-2006, 08:01 PM   #6
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do all PSU's have an extra cable for fx cards because i have Ge-force 6500 and it has a 4-pin power socket for extra juicing.
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You would just use a regular 4-pin power molex connector from the power supply to power that video card.
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this uh, leads me to my next question, another friend of mine recently bought a 7600gt and asked me why he wasn't getting a display on his monitor, i asked him if he plugged it into the powersupply and he said no, he didn't have a chance to rectify this yet, but could this be the reason that he isn't getting display on his monitor or should the pci-e x16 slot give enough power to show boot up on the monitor? or is this a signal for a dead video card? it definitely isn't a motherboard problem since he just sent it back to ASUS last week to get it tested and everything was working 100%.
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well he prolly has the thing hooked up wrong. did he clip it in or just placed it in the slot?
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