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Old July 16, 2007, 05:59 AM
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Please feel free to power your comments and questions regarding the Gigabyte Odin 550W PSU review which was posted today.

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Old July 16, 2007, 07:04 AM
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Instead of giving them their own separate modular cables, they are both fixed on the same cable. This can cause a bit of a problem with the length for the 8-pin CPU connector since it is placed before the 4-pin connector on the cable.
From an engineering angle it's obviously a lot easier to tap 4 wires off of the 8 rather than running 8 all the way to the end and somehow tapping off 4 in the middle.

I'm curious though..... any idea why the two connectors rather than a split 8? Surely there aren't any applications which require both the 8 pin and the 4 pin ATX?

I really like the inclusion of the pouch for unused connectors.... I'm sure it costs less than a buck for the manufacturer, but it adds a lot to the overall feel of the package.
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Old July 16, 2007, 07:15 AM
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Within 10 minutes of the program booting up, the memory usage balloons to over 25MB with the number rising every second. Within 30 minutes the memory usage rises to a shocking 110MB without showing any signs of stopping its upwards spiral.
Holy memory leak batman!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's a pity the software didn't work. As you pointed out, the extra features are pointless without a software package that works.

On a side note..... I've always meant to ask what CPU2 refers to on a PSU.....

I've always thought it refered to the second half of an 8 pin ATX_12V cable, but from your comments about hooking up PCIe that would appear to be incorrect.

Is it run to molex connectors?
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From an engineering angle it's obviously a lot easier to tap 4 wires off of the 8 rather than running 8 all the way to the end and somehow tapping off 4 in the middle.
Yes but there have been modular supplies that include them each as seperate cables or they do a 4+4 pin connector. Personally, I have never liked the idea of a "hanging" connector which is why it would be nice to see seperate ones. As it was, the 4-pin connector got stuck in one of my case fans.

Basically, the break-off connectors are patented by a PSU manufacturing company (I can't recall which) and whoever wants to use those connectors needs to pay royalties. So, some manufacturers decide to do without them...even though spending the few bucks for the break-off connectors would be the best solution.
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On a side note..... I've always meant to ask what CPU2 refers to on a PSU.....

I've always thought it refered to the second half of an 8 pin ATX_12V cable, but from your comments about hooking up PCIe that would appear to be incorrect.

Is it run to molex connectors?
The CPU2 is part of the EPS12V certification of this power supply. Usually the rail with the CPU2 can be traced pretty easily through the colors of the wires but not withthis power supply. From what I saw both the EPS12V and standard 4-pin are both on the CPU1 rail by having the yellow / black wires attached to their connectors.

I actually have no diea which connector is associated with CPU2 in this case.
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