A8NE Power Connector

Discussion in 'Asus' started by name, Apr 23, 2005.

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    name Guest

    Hi, hope someone can help.

    I just got an A8NE and it has a 24 pin power connector. I have a three
    year old Antec True Power 480w, with a 20 pin connector that seems to
    work just fine, I just want to confirm that there is no problem with
    this kind of setup. And, of course, I connected the 4 pin 12v connector.

    Also, I'm installing XP SP2, do I need to make a floppy off the Asus CD
    for installation? I assume XP will see all the drive controllers. I'm
    not running any raid, just 2 HDs on PATA, then when I get the SATA
    drives I'm reinstalling on the SATA drives and using the PATA drives for
    the DVD and CD.

    Do I need a floppy with drivers for anything for the XP install?

    name, Apr 23, 2005
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    RBM Guest

    You can get an adapter for the power if necessary, some boards claim to work
    fine with the 20 pin. I'd check with Asus. All the drivers you need are on
    the Asus CD. If you need to install any drivers for SATA or Raid
    controllers, just do it from the CD after you install the operating system
    on your PATA drive
    RBM, Apr 23, 2005
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    name Guest

    Thanks, it'll probrably be ok, but I'll check with Asus about the 20 pin.
    name, Apr 23, 2005
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    Paul Guest

    The issue of whether the 20 pin is sufficient or the 24 pin
    is needed, really depends on the video card you have chosen.

    The 20 pin ATX connector has one 12V wire and pin on it.

    The 24 pin ATX connector has two 12V wires and pins on it.

    The ATX power connector on the motherboard, feeds the PCI Express
    video card, the fans, and some other circuitry that draws
    next to no power. A pin on the ATX power connector is rated for
    6 amps continuous current at room temp. If the video card plus the
    fan headers draw more than 6 amps, then the 24 pin power connector
    should be used. If they draw less than 6 amps, the 20 pin connector
    is OK.

    If anything, this question should be asked of ATI or Nvidia, as
    only they know the mean and standard deviation of the video
    card supply currents.

    These articles are a bit dated, but will give you some idea as
    to how much current a video card draws. As customers, we have
    no way of knowing which rail a new video card will use to supply
    current, so while it is fun to extrapolate from these articles,
    unless the exact video card model is measured, we don't really
    know for sure what the limits are.


    Paul, Apr 23, 2005
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    name Guest

    Thanks for the reply. I running an ATI X300 256MB. I did some research and
    doesn't seem to use much power, but, since I plan on dual monitors I bought
    an Antec
    NEOPOWER 480W. It was the PCI-e issue, but, also, support for SATA II.
    All in all, it seemed wise to but a good PS that fully supports the board.

    thanks again,
    name, Apr 23, 2005
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    Ben Pope Guest

    Well, as far as I know, that amounts to the same thing. Just get them
    the right way around! :p

    Ben Pope, Apr 23, 2005
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    Paul Guest

    The single +12V pin on the ATX 20 pin connector is not
    normally joined to the 2x2 ATX12V connector. The 2x2
    powers the Vcore converter for the processor only. The
    single +12V pin on the AXT 20 pin, is used for AGP/PCI-E/PCI
    powering plus any fan headers. That is why there is an issue
    if you can manage somehow, to get more than 6 amps worth
    of video card and fans onto that single pin. I doubt
    you can get enough load with a single video card,
    but cannot verify it, because I don't have a copy of the
    PCI Express spec.

    Paul, Apr 24, 2005
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    name Guest

    Thanks. I sent this post once, but I'm not sure if it went through. In any
    case, make a long story short,
    I bought an Antec NEOPOWER 480w with a 24 pin connector, I probrably didn't
    need it the ATI X300 doesn't that much power, but I'd rather be safe.

    thanks again,
    name, Apr 25, 2005
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