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Old 06-20-08, 07:50 AM   #13
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Can always browse the site for the package and see what is supplied or do a google on the brand card review and 99% review sites show what is in the package.
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Old 06-20-08, 08:06 AM   #14
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You can buy either type. There's 2. One is 2x6P into 1x8P and the other is a 6P -> 8P.
So there is still hope at the end of the tunnel for my upgrade hehe. Ok, just so I get this right - I can buy a converter that will transform my one unused 6P connector into a fully-fledged 8P one? So in the end, I will be able to run the 280 with just my two 6P connectors (one regular 6P and one 6P converted to 8P), correct? If yes, what exactly is such a converter called and is it carried by regular computer stores like tigerdirect?
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Old 06-20-08, 08:12 AM   #15
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You need one of these 2...

http://forums.vr-zone.com/showthread.php?t=284818

Though I couldn't find any in newegg or tigerdirect...
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Old 06-20-08, 08:25 AM   #16
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Man I had to get a new PS for my 280 and it had the 6+2 and the new 8 pin 12v. The new 8 pin 12v connector fit right in to the 280 and I thought that was the right connector. THANK GOD I double check everything before I fire up the pc after making drastic changes !! There was no forcing it it slid right in... I could have easily fried my new card and who knows what else. They need to make that new 8pin mobo connector red and label is as such...

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Old 06-20-08, 08:36 AM   #17
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You need one of these 2...

http://forums.vr-zone.com/showthread.php?t=284818

Though I couldn't find any in newegg or tigerdirect...
Thanks a lot. I've done some more research and it appears that even though a single 6P can be converted into an 8P, it officially supplies only up to 75W of power while the true 8P connector provides 150W. There are varying opinions on whether such a converted 8P connector should or should not be used (as the 6P usually can pump more than 75W), and the manufacturers recommend against using such converters, at least for the 9800GX2 cards. I'll try to locate a connector and attempt running the card with my old PSU first, failing that I'll need to get a new PSU (provided I haven't killed the 280 already).

What would be a good silent PSU with long cables in the 600-800W range?

UPDATE: apparently the converted 6to8P connector can only reliable pump up to 108W and since the GTX 280 draws as much as 300W under load I've picked up a new PSU instead of doing the converter thing. My local store had the Corsair TX750W for $125 and it has 4 6+2 connectors so in theory it will handle the 280 (or two of them if I add one later).

Thanks for all the helpful suggestions guys. I just hope that me stupidly jamming the EPS line into the PCI connector on the videocard did not fry the 280.
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Man, the EPS 8-Pin cable is for the motherboard if it needs it. Video cards need a different 8-pin cable... You probably killed the card too...
That was my first thought when I read the OP ,Then I thought,Why the hell would they key them the same that would be sooo stoopid ???????
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Let us know how it goes mate...
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Everything works like a charm with the new PSU! Overclocked the GTX 280 to 700 core / 1200 memory and running stability tests now. Time to sell the 8800 GTX and the Seasonic PSU!
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i got that PSU before i got 1000W corsair HX1000 and its a nice PSU surely
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$650 for video card + $300 for power station...are they kidding me...
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