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slofox
03-05-2007, 01:20 PM
My new video card (Leadtek 7950GT)has a six pin power connector but the power supply does not have a six pin socket available. The card comes with a "power split" cable which has a six pin plug on one end to go into the card and two four pin plugs on the other end which the book says to "use" but doesn't say how. Do both the four pin plugs need to be plugged in or only one? Ta in advance.

Mike
03-05-2007, 01:29 PM
I assume one of the 4 pin plugs is male and the other female? If so, then it's a genuine splitter - you plug in a 4 pin plug into the female socket, and the 6 pin into the video card. The other 4 pin plug is a spare (basically you haven't lost the 4 pin plug you plugged into your splitter - you can still use it on another device).

Mike.

The_End_Of_Reality
03-05-2007, 01:29 PM
Yes, you NEED that extra power for it to run properly and stabily, the 4 pin connector you are talking about is the standard molex connector, what you will find is that the splitter has these because it needs power from 2 12V rails from the PSU so plug BOTH of them into free molex connectors from different 'lines' from the PSU

EDIT: Mike, this was my first thought, but then I looked at the splitter that came with my 7800GTX and it has both male connectors feeding into different sockets on the six pin connector

slofox
03-05-2007, 01:36 PM
Both the four pin plugs are male....in fact I have only ONE four pin female socket available from the power supply - the other one got used for a DVD ROM.....now what?

slofox
03-05-2007, 01:48 PM
EDIT: Mike, this was my first thought, but then I looked at the splitter that came with my 7800GTX and it has both male connectors feeding into different sockets on the six pin connector[/QUOTE]

This cable is the same - each four pin goes to different parts of the six pin. The earth wires go to a common pin but the phases and neutrals do not - they go to one side each.....

The_End_Of_Reality
03-05-2007, 02:11 PM
OK, that is the same as mine, you will need to find 2 spare female connectors... you can get a splitter (this (http://www.dse.co.nz/cgi-bin/dse.storefront/en/Product/X2604)) to connect to the DVD drive and that will give you a total of 2 spare female connectors.

slofox
03-05-2007, 02:26 PM
Ok thanks for the advice all......

SolMiester
03-05-2007, 02:50 PM
Make sure you have enough power on the 12v rail to power that card, otherwise you could damage the card, cause system instability and even toast the motherboard.

I have just had to buy a new PSU as my TT460 wasnt enough for the X1950pro, which needs 30a (thats 360w) on the 12v rail!!!

I dont however believe you card is that hungry, but best to check your PSU is up to the task!

slofox
03-05-2007, 02:52 PM
Errr one more thing is apparent - the card instruction book suggests minimum of 350W power supply - mine is 320W....change the power supply too?

SolMiester
03-05-2007, 02:53 PM
Would you like to buy a 3month old TT460 PSU, Dual 12V rails, (22a)?

Has the 2 pin connector......

http://www.thermaltake.com/product/Power/PurePower/w006364/w006364.asp