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    Default GTX280 (8pin+6pin connectors) Rant

    This is just a rant... nothing more.

    I just got my GTX280 today and while i knew this when buying it I am still peeved about it. I am bothered by the fact that this card needs both a 6 pin and a 8 pin. Not that it needs two connectors but that it needs two different connectors. Why not two 8 pin? or two 6 pin? or three 6 pin? Why do they have to do an 8 pin and a 6 pin. And require both be used? I could see providing both for a compatibility thing but thats not the case... you actually need an 8 pin AND a 6 pin... (though the need'ing part could be debatable). I would be happy with two 8 pin connectors... at least it would be consistent and It would be easier to find PSU's to fit it without ugly adapters.

    So I am now forced to use adapters no matter what i do or am forced to have dangly connectors (defeating the purpose of modular PSU's in teh first place) as 6pin connectors usually come in pairs so 1 will be dangly as I use it and another 8 pin...

    Not to mention all the PSU's that have 6pin connectors that could easily power this thing.

    Pick a connector and stick to it... jeez.

    BTW for anyone with corsair units that got them before 8 pin came out... send ram guy on the corsair forums an e-mail or PM... he will get you the new 6+2pin cables that are now shipping with there units (mine are on the way although im using them on my seasonic unit not my corsair )
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    It needs one 8 pin and one 6 pin because the TDP is 236W, so two 6 pin (225W) might not be enough.
    But in practice, without overclocking, I doubt it will need more than 225W.

    At least 6+2 pin connectors fit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lemmy View Post
    It needs one 8 pin and one 6 pin because the TDP is 236W, so two 6 pin (225W) might not be enough.
    But in practice, without overclocking, I doubt it will need more than 225W.

    At least 6+2 pin connectors fit
    So why not two 8 pin then? Just more different kinds of connectors and more adapters or dangly connectors (and yes i consider a 6+2 dangly if only 6 are used).

    It is just all silly. Pick a connector and make it consistent. Makes choosing a PSU's impossible for continueing upgrading if you dont want to use adapters and/or have dangly connections.

    As said before I would be fine with 2 8pin connectors... Then at least with adapters on my M12-700 I would use all my 6pin's for two 8pins and it woudl be consistent neet and tidy. Or as I am doing getting the new corsair cables and just use those... it is just silly.
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    Bun-Bun,

    You said you knew of this issue before hand, so why rant? it was your choice to buy or not to buy.

    If you don't like the way it uses different connectors, buy a psu that does have 6&8.

    $600+ for the card, so you should be able to afford another psu if it's that big of a deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sphere View Post
    Bun-Bun,

    You said you knew of this issue before hand, so why rant? it was your choice to buy or not to buy.

    If you don't like the way it uses different connectors, buy a psu that does have 6&8.

    $600+ for the card, so you should be able to afford another psu if it's that big of a deal.
    Because I needed to rant. I am not going to let this little thing stop me from having the card. Its not really my current sitation that bugs me just the whole thing in general. I was the same way when the ATI cards came out with the same thing. It's just silly. Use two 8 pin and be done...

    And why upgrade my PSU? I already have a good 700 watt that powers my rig just fine along with my car stereo (yes I have my car stereo running off my computer PSU right now... two amps and my deck... no issues lol). Luckily the corsair cables fit my Seasonic so I wont have to use the adapter once those cables get here.
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    Forget about the cables and just enjoy the card

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    You should wait for HD 4870 man, twin 6 pin PEG connectors FTW !
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    Quote Originally Posted by spursindonesia View Post
    You should wait for HD 4870 man, twin 6 pin PEG connectors FTW !
    I dislike ATI (for many reasons and I choose to end that statement there in fear of being seen as fanboyish when in practice in my field of work they just don't perform as well)

    I think I might just make my own 6-8 pin adapter and screw this two 6 - one 8 pin stuff. But since I will never go SLI I might just take one off each connector on my PSU... as it stands it has two PCI-e 6 pin connectors off each connector on the PSU for a total of 4 and wiht the corsair cables I will be taking the 6 off one and the 8 off the other... overkill but I have no plans of ever getting a second card.

    The reason I wanted this card is the memory interface. Ever since the 8800's came out I couldn't help but feel they crippled them in some way... The flag ship cards didn't feel like flagship cards like the X800's did back in there time. Games just felt smoother and everything felt better when running a flagship card but until now that hasn't been the case with the 8 and 9 series...

    Now I have the GTX 280 and wow... It's fun =D
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