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    Default Is this a viable workaround for turning 6 pin PCIe into 8 pin?

    I have a "CoolerMaster Elite 460W", which has only one 6 pin pcie connector, and no 8 pin. but the 6 pin has 3 power wires (yellow ones), which is basically like an 8 pin connector without the two extra ground wires. Attaching this 6 pin connector to "MSI 1060 Gaming X" enables the card to output a black page with one line in it that says "...attach pcie connector..." (and when the connector is not attached, it wont output anything), so i'm thinking that the card checks for all the pieces, and wont work without the two extra.

    So it got me thinking about doing this:
    i have a molex to 6 pin adapter, i cut two of the 6 pins, and connect their wires to two black wires in a molex connector coming out of the psu (two middle ones). and then attach that to the two empty gpu sockets.
    will it work? and is it safe to try?

    Side notes:I tried buying a 6 pin to 8 pin, and molex to 8 pin, but couldn't find any in a 20 miles radius! and buying a new psu is out of the question for me right now.
    and, techPowerUp calculated that this gpu has at "Peak Gaming" a tdp of 130W. so im not really worried about extra power draw.

    thanks.

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    Actually, using additional ground wires from the PSU, from any other connector, is MUCH safer than an adapter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SIMMORSAL View Post
    so im not really worried about extra power draw.
    OT: but you should be worried that the Elite is a rather bad PSU.
    Best, Luca

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    Plugin the 6 pins and bridging the other two not used pins together should also work. But like quest for silence already said, you don't have a good PSU, so buy a new one. This time something more decent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by -The_Mask- View Post
    so buy a new one. This time something more decent.
    Albeit, if the location is true, he could have an hard time buying a good PSU.
    Best, Luca

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    i did it and it worked! i didn't cut the 6 pin connector, but instead ran a wire from molex' ground wire, to the two connectors. i tested it for the past 24 hours, and had no problem.

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    Yes but you still shouldn't trust your PSU.

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    Dont use that PSU, get a Sirtech/High Power PSU. Afaik they sell in Iran openly, not via "Gulf Imports". They should have decent units for low price.

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    The FSP version of this unit is not bad, it's the old Blue Storm (first generation), decent, only needs recap. Somewhat +5 V heavy though.

    The other is from Solytech, not sure about that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Behemot View Post
    The FSP version of this unit is not bad, it's the old Blue Storm (first generation), decent
    ...decent ten years ago?
    Best, Luca

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