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8-pin power supply connection for Quad Core CPU

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I'm trying to upgrade my system to use a quad core CPU. So I bought this motherboard for it. But when I open my computer, I find that the motherboard uses an 8-pin power connector to provide power to the CPU. However, my power supply does not have an 8-pin connector.

Should I buy a new power supply that has an 8-pin connector? Or can I get away with buying a much cheaper converter that converts one of my existing power supply's connectors to 8-pin, without overloading anything?

If I should buy a new power supply, how can I tell that it has an 8-pin connector? If a converter cable will work, what kind of converter cable would I need? (e.g. 6-pin to 8-pin)


Edited by Waterchan, 26 December 2007 - 06:48 PM.

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From http://www.playtool....pat/compat.html

CPUs used to be powered by the 20 pin main power cable. Almost all current motherboards power their CPU with a 12 volt CPU power cable. There are two kinds: the 4 pin 12V cable and the 8 pin 12V cable. The 4 pin cable is often called a P4 cable (although it's a very bad name) and the 8 pin cable is called an EPS12V cable. You must plug a cable into this motherboard connector or the CPU will receive no power. The compatibility rules between 4 and 8 pin connectors have a lot in common with the rules for 20 and 24 pin connectors. The best choice is to plug a 4 pin cable into a 4 pin connector, an 8 pin cable into an 8 pin connector, or a 4+4 cable into either kind of connector. You can get adapters which will convert various kinds of power supply cables into both 4 pin and 8 pin 12V cables. You can plug a 4 pin 12V cable into an 8 pin motherboard and it will sometimes work properly but other times it won't work at all or will burn/melt the connector. As with plugging a 24 pin cable into a 20 pin motherboard connector, you can plug an 8 pin cable into a 4 pin connector and leave 4 pins hanging over the end but you can also have the same problems with things preventing it from fitting. It will work fine if it fits. If you're buying a new power supply then the safest choice for the long haul is to get one with a 4+4 power cable because it's compatible with both 4 and 8 pin connectors.
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