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May 07, 2011, 12:06:12 PM
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I'm trying to set up a mining rig right now, but unfortunately I overlooked a small detail: the two 6990s I got require two 8 pin PCI-e power cables each. My PSU has four 6+2 and four 6 cables. The 6-pin cables come straight off the 6+2 cables (wired in series, so to speak) so that makes me think the 6+2 cables on their own provide a little more juice than a 6+2 cable is supposed to provide.

I could just use two of the 6+2/6 pin cables for each of the cards, but I'm afraid that might fry my cards. I can't really afford that, so I was wondering if anyone could offer some insight here.

My PSU is a Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold Series 1200W:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171055&Tpk=cooler%20master%201200W

Thanks. :-)
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May 07, 2011, 04:34:37 PM
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Did your PSU come with any Molex to 8-pin adapters?

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May 07, 2011, 06:30:56 PM
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No.  Undecided

Edit:
Looking at the specs on the PSU, it seems the cables I'm worried about provide a maximum of 150W. With the 6990 supposedly vetted for up to 475W, I think I'll probably be safe. I'm going to switch on the machine later and I'll let you guys know what happens, just in case someone else ends up having the same questions I did.

Edit 2:
Dug through the PSU box one more time in an attempt to find something useful before embarking on an experiment which could fry my video cards and found two 6 to 8 pin adapters. Put those on and powered up and... well, three long beeps and no signal from the video cards. But the fans were spinning and I'm pretty sure the cards are alright. I tried to get a signal from a third card of a different model and still wasn't able to get anything.
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