Power cable

  [email protected]$H 18:29 01 Feb 2005

If a graphics card need a power cable is it hard to set up- how do you do it? Also, is it normally suppliied or do you get your own- how much would it cost?


  Danoh 18:34 01 Feb 2005

Internal PC cards such as those specifically to drive graphics, are mounted directly onto the motherboard and gets its power from there.

I presume you mean a mains power cable? If so, that will need to be stepped down to provide the voltage and current that a graphics card requires.

Perhaps other forum members knows of instances where graphics cards needs a separate power feed/cable, as I don't.

  LastChip 18:39 01 Feb 2005

If the card is a "retail box" it will normally include any required cables, which often connect directly to your computers power supply 12v connectors.

They are "sized" so you can't go far wrong.

The latest generation of graphics cards are so powerful, they need their own power supply, rather than just a feed from the motherboard slot.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:39 01 Feb 2005

If the card requires extra power there will be a "molex" d shaped socket on the board, takes the same plugs (from the PSU as the HDD and CD drives.

If not supplied with the card "splitters are cheap and easily obtainable from any computer shop.

  Totally-braindead 20:42 01 Feb 2005

As above they usually come with a splitter if you don't have a spare power connector. Apart from that they're the same to set up as any other card. The only thing to watch is does your power supply have enough power left to supply one more device.

  [email protected]$H 23:56 01 Feb 2005

thanks for the advice guys but how do I know if my power supply has enough power left to supply one more device?

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