I have what I thought was a simple question, but I can’t seem to find a definitive answer. I have an Asus P6T Deluxe motherboard and a Core i7-930 CPU. Should I use my PSU’s 8-pin or 4-pin connector for the CPU?
Craig, in general you should use whichever 12V power connector from your PSU that corresponds with the pinout on your motherboard. In your P6T Deluxe, for example, use the 8-pin 12V plug.
The original, 4-pin ATX12V power connector was added to the PSU spec to handle the increased power requirements of the Pentium 4 (thus, many still call these the P4 connectors). An 8-pin 12V version (known as the Processor Power Connector or the EPS12V connector) was adopted from the Server System Infrastructure spec. The added power was for high-wattage processors in use in workstations and servers. For desktop PCs, these were added to enhance overclocking.
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