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    Youíll never move to 12V only for everything since USB wonít change for backwards compatibility.

    I wonder how much this will annoy motherboard manufacturers, theyíll now need to add 5/3.3V converters on the boards... I wonder if thisíll make any Mobo OEMs move to a higher drive voltage for the CPUs, historically itís been 5V because the 24pin has wayyy too many 5V wires donít they had spare current and 5V works ok...

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    Forgive me if my info is incorrect, but I thought one could push more amps through a Molex than through a SATA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ehume View Post
    Forgive me if my info is incorrect, but I thought one could push more amps through a Molex than through a SATA.
    You can, but both connectors suck in different regards. SATA because the connector can't handle a ton of current and is thin / easy to break. Molex because the connector has loose pins and only a single 12v connection so they're easier to overload.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ashiekh View Post

    If your gripe is with brittle, perhaps that is just an issue with the plastic used.
    The softer plastics don't meet UL's requirements for flammability. They also don't fit well after time because they tend to "stretch" and "deform".

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    ABS should be banned. Polybutylene Terephthalate or nylon only. Or bakelite. That stuff seemed pretty tough on grandma's rotary dial.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tator Tot View Post
    You can, but both connectors suck in different regards. SATA because the connector can't handle a ton of current and is thin / easy to break. Molex because the connector has loose pins and only a single 12v connection so they're easier to overload.
    What I glean from your response is that we should replace SATA while we're replacing Molex.
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