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Old July 6, 2010, 02:47 PM
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i didn't wanna just plug in 8 pins cause i plugged 24 pin power into my one motherboard and it lit on fire.. sooo i didn't wanna kill new shit.. but thank you all very much for answering.. :-)
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i didn't wanna just plug in 8 pins cause i plugged 24 pin power into my one motherboard and it lit on fire.. sooo i didn't wanna kill new shit.. but thank you all very much for answering.. :-)
Using more pins means there's less chance of something catching on fire. That is in fact the very reason why the additional pins are there.
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Additional 4 wires = power drawn over twice as many wires/connections = much less resistance = less chance of wires melting, catching fire etc.

You should be fine as long as it is a decent PSU (crappy = low quality wires = more chance of wire failure), low power CPU, and try not to overclock.

It will still provide as much power as an 8-pin, just over 1/2 as many wires...
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= much less resistance
The resistance is the same. The current draw is what decreases.
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The resistance is the same. The current draw is what decreases.
The current draw isn't going to increase unless the system actually demands more current. So you just get a situation with the same current spread out over more conductor area, with a correspondingly smaller voltage drop and I2R losses.

I've never seen a straight answer on how much benefit the extra four wires are. Since a portion of the mobo power is already coming in via the 24-pin plug, it's actually a case of 24+4 pin plugs versus 24+8 pin plugs. Although I think the 4/8 pin's closer proximity to the power circuits and socket is supposed to matter too.
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The current draw isn't going to increase unless the system actually demands more current. So you just get a situation with the same current spread out over more conductor area, with a correspondingly smaller voltage drop and I2R losses.
So in other words, the current going through each conductor decreases. Which I'm pretty sure is what I said...
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I've never seen a straight answer on how much benefit the extra four wires are. Since a portion of the mobo power is already coming in via the 24-pin plug, it's actually a case of 24+4 pin plugs versus 24+8 pin plugs. Although I think the 4/8 pin's closer proximity to the power circuits and socket is supposed to matter too.
The 24-pin ATX connector only has two +12V wires. Those are mainly dedicated to powering PCI-E cards and other motherboard components. Most if not all of the CPU's power requirements are provided by the 4-pin P4 or 8-pin EPS12V connector.
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Sorry for a slight sidetrack, though still on topic. For a PSU such as 400cx that only has an 8pin (not detachable into 4pin) are you able to use just 4 of those pins in a 4 pin motherboard (assuming no interference by parts of the MOB beside where the connector goes) ?
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no, unles you do a hack job which is not reccomended. i like the units which give you the choice. some matx boards still come with 4 pin only
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Sorry for a slight sidetrack, though still on topic. For a PSU such as 400cx that only has an 8pin (not detachable into 4pin) are you able to use just 4 of those pins in a 4 pin motherboard (assuming no interference by parts of the MOB beside where the connector goes) ?
The CX400's 8-pin connector does split in two.
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The CX400's 8-pin connector does split in two.
Thank you. For some reason I didn't think it did. That puts that question to rest quite quickly.
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