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graphics card power supply

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by DonsRuleOK, Jan 17, 2007.

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  1. DonsRuleOK

    DonsRuleOK It's My Birthday! Thread Starter

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    Hello

    I have just purchased a new graphics card (XFX Geforce 7900GT) for my rig and as i was opening up the packaging last night I noticed it said 'connect the power dongle'.

    This is my first PCI-E card and before I install it I wanted to know if I could use one of the standard power connectors (coming from the power supply within the rig, like those that I plug into a HDD or DVD drive) and plug that into the graphics card, or whether the card had to plug in somewhere else on the motherboard (though I don't know where).

    Also - is this power connector optional or integral to the graphics card's performance.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks
     
  2. Jones

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    You DEFINITELY need to use the power connector. It is not optional. That is a high-end card that needs alot of juice to run. Just plug in a spare Molex connector from your power supply (same type that goes into a CD drive or hard drive). If you don't have a spare connector, use the splitter (aka: dongle) that came with your card and run it from one of your other connectors.

    BTW - enjoy that card!
     
  3. norton850

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    Yes you do need to plug in a power connector to the card or it will not perform right. Any of the power connectors from the power supply that fit will be OK.
     
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