Motherboard and 24 pin ATX 12v connector

  Giggle n' Bits 23:12 14 Mar 2006

ok, going to be buying this Gigabyte GA-K8N Pro SLi motherboard as soon as I have worked out my components a pricing for build.

I have donwloaded and read the instruction manual and ref the 24pin ATX Power connector on the motherboard its reads strange as it comes across to me that even though its has a 24Pin connector you can use 20 pin ?

Can someone confirm this is true or have I missunderstood. I would think if it has 24pin its there to be used for a reason.

  007al 23:19 14 Mar 2006

Its correct.Theres an extra 4pin connector clipped to the end of the 24 pin connector,so it can be used on older 20 pin motherboards

  007al 23:24 14 Mar 2006

That doesnt sound too clear.
A 24 pin connector is a 20 and 4 pin joined together,so you can take off the 4 pin part to make a 20 pin to fit older motherboards.
Still dont know if im any clearer!

  Giggle n' Bits 23:36 14 Mar 2006

Thanks for following my posts.

Seems this is a confusing one. the M/b has a 24pin molex (x4 pins are with a little cover over) it says that if you don't use a 24pin power supply do not remove the cover and if you do then remove the cover.
Who wrote this manual ? HA!

Thing is, why have a 24pin molex connector available and say (not U) 20 pin can be used. bit silly eh.

  Giggle n' Bits 23:38 14 Mar 2006

I understood u ref the 20 pin could be a 24 pin with the extra 4 pin etc. But if I am going to have to use a 24pin psu then I would look for a dedicated connector.

  ed-0 23:38 14 Mar 2006

Yes you can use just a standard 20pin ATX connector click here

Just make sure the PSU has some umph!!

  Stuartli 23:41 14 Mar 2006

The 4 pin section is normally/can be separate so you can use either/or both as necessary.

It's future proofing.

My four pin section goes to a separate dedicated area on the motherboard.

  ed-0 23:49 14 Mar 2006

This motherboard has the capability to take either a 20 or 24 pin ATX power connector, plus the usual 4 pin cpu power connector. The extra 4 pins are sheilded by a plastic cover. click here

  Giggle n' Bits 23:49 14 Mar 2006

would I be safer to think about actually using a 24pin PSU oposed to 20 pin PSU with a AMD x2 4800, single 7800GT ALI PCi Express, 1GB DDR400

really confused, been reading over the last hour reviews on PSU's and the history etc seems to say don't skimp on PSU.

Ref your 4 pin section that must be like a Intel 4 pin thing ? don't know if its the same just a guess.

Can one of you advise should I think 24pin or 20pin. Don't want to skimp and be left with BSOD's etc.

  Giggle n' Bits 23:51 14 Mar 2006

a 24pin PSU ?

  007al 23:54 14 Mar 2006

You want a 24 pin with preferably a PCI-E connection too.
Stuartli....thats what i was saying

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