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Hi!

 

I have a Cougar GX 1050w PSU but I'm missing some of the modular cables. 

 

All i have are 2x 8pin CPU connectors, 2x 8pin PCIE connectors and 4x SATA connectors.   all of these are being used and i was wondering if it would be ok to purchased some splitters for the PCIE and SATA  connectors so i can have another graphics card and more hard drives?

 

I was reading online about people with single 12v rails doing this but my PSU has multiple 6x 12v rails @25amp each.  but one thing the PSU manufacturer said about the PSU was this below:

 

"DYNAMIC MULTI-12V -The automatic dynamic load distribution on multi-12V lines provides high voltage stable power independently to the GPU and the CPU. If you are not using all the output lines, the PSU automatically reroutes the needed power from unused lines. This improves the performance and safety of the 12V lines considerably for systems with high-end graphics cards in SLI® or CrossFire® mode."

 

Does this mean it acts like a single rail PSU when needed or something else entirely?

 

Thank you for any help.

 

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Are all the plugs on the PSU filled? Do you need to mess about with splitters when you could just get more cables that work with your PSU?

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1 minute ago, NineEyeRon said:

Are all the plugs on the PSU filled? Do you need to mess about with splitters when you could just get more cables that work with your PSU?

Thank you for your reply.

 

The PSU has these extra modular ports - 4x ports for PCIE and 4x ports for peripherals.  unfortunately i only have just 1 modular SATA cable connected to 1 of the peripherals ports so I'm missing most of them really. The PSU is old so finding replacement cables is a hard task that's why i thought about using splitters.

 

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Because i cannot find any replacement cables for my PSU I was thinking of buying a 8 pin to 6+2 pin cable for a seasonic power supply. then changing the pinout of the 8 pin connector that fits in my PSU.  could i use a multimeter to test which pins on the PSU are which?   if yes what setting and what am i looking out for?

 

Thank you

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Since the PSU is 10 years old, you should definitely retire it.

 

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26 minutes ago, jonnyGURU said:

Since the PSU is 10 years old, you should definitely retire it.

 

Hi! I just bought it used for my dual xeon setup as it had 2 CPU 8pins and it works fine also it's 80plus Gold which makes it much more efficient than my old Thermaltake Toughpower 650w which had no 80plus at all and couldn't supply my now 844w minimum requirement. 

 

Apart from buying another PSU for now i just wanted to know if either using PCIE splitters or modding a different brand PSU cable method will work? Thank you

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50 minutes ago, plumplump said:

Hi! I just bought it used for my dual xeon setup as it had 2 CPU 8pins and it works fine also it's 80plus Gold which makes it much more efficient than my old Thermaltake Toughpower 650w which had no 80plus at all and couldn't supply my now 844w minimum requirement. 

 

Apart from buying another PSU for now i just wanted to know if either using PCIE splitters or modding a different brand PSU cable method will work? Thank you

Since the PSU is 10 years old, you should definitely retire it.

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1 hour ago, plumplump said:

Hi! I just bought it used for my dual xeon setup

Listen to @jonnyGURU, he really knows a lot about this stuff. You do not want to risk it with that old, used PSU.

 

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Upon researching online people have had theirs last 20+ years if looked after well and that nowadays they do not make them as good as they use to years back.

 

You can flat out say replace it but it's not very helpful when you could have said "In my opinion it's risky because of it's age but in theory you could or could not do what you were suggesting on doing"  that way people don't have to use funds they do not have and know it's on their heads if something went wrong. There just has to be 2 sides to the argument leaving the question asked answered with both a positive and negative opinion.

 

I have noticed it on other forums too where people ask a simple question and get a stone wall answer when they could take the time and explain it in more detail but once challenged they sarcastically reply with their proud superiority although some swallow their pride and give a better answer which people are thankful for.

 

 

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1 hour ago, plumplump said:

Upon researching online people have had theirs last 20+ years if looked after well and that nowadays they do not make them as good as they use to years back.

 

They are actually better now than they used to be years ago. 😉

 

But no, it's not a good idea to use an old PSU, they do degrade with age and go out of spec, even just sitting in a box not being used.

 

And once they go far enough out of spec the ripple will be so bad the PSU will just be slow cooking anything that is plugged into it.

 

And yes there will always be someone who will post some crap about using a 15 YO plus PSU saying it still works fine. 🙄

 

But I would bet that NONE of them have those things plugged into anything they actually care about or that costs real money. That's if they are actually really running them in the 1st place. And if someone did they will not post when that PSU goes and fries their whole machine because it will make them look like an idiot. Nor will they tell about all of the dead parts than died early because of the old PSU.

 

Just turning on doesn't mean it's working fine, PSUs are not toasters.

 

 

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20 minutes ago, Ankerson said:

even just sitting in a box not being used.

Even more so unused from my experience.

 

12 hours ago, plumplump said:

could i use a multimeter to test which pins on the PSU are which?   if yes what setting and what am i looking out for?

But to answer your question; you'd just be looking for two sorts of pins: GND and +12V. The pinout of PCIe is known, so you'd only have to check the pins on the PSU output.

 

Essentially what you do is:

- you turn on the PSU outside of the machine with nothing connected (paperclip method)

 

- you find a GND pin on the 24 pin-connector (which is known because you can find the pinout online)

 

- you connect the black probe of a multimeter that GND.

 

- then you probe the pins on the PSU output in question with the red probe, one by one. If it says "12.xx" that's a 12V pin. If it says "0.00" it's a ground pin.

 

It'd still be best to replace the PSU though, it's really old.

 

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5 minutes ago, akio123008 said:

Even more so unused from my experience.

 

Yes, same here.

 

Used to have some very old ones that wouldn't even turn on anymore, or would just click off right away. (Tested them with OLD known working machines)

 

They are long time gone to the dump though.

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6 hours ago, plumplump said:

Upon researching online people have had theirs last 20+ years

 

I have a 2005 Hyundai that still drives like new.

 

I consider myself "lucky".

 

 

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9 hours ago, plumplump said:

Upon researching online people have had theirs last 20+ years

I'd also like to point out that this is likely impossible and people are... well... lying.

 

You can't use a 20 year old PSU on a modern PC.

 

A 20 year old ATX power supply would have a 20-pin connector, no 4-pin for CPU power and certainly wouldn't have PCIe.  It also would have most of it's power on the +5V and hardly anything on the +12V.   All of this didn't come into play until 2003.

 

Also, no PSU fan would last that long.  10 to 15 years tops.

 

Also... Gross.

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2 hours ago, jonnyGURU said:

I'd also like to point out that this is likely impossible and people are... well... lying

 

On the internet?

 

Who would have thought? 🤣

 

The sad thing is some believe these lies. 🙄

 

Not to mention the age of the computers they "say" they are running those so called PSUs in.

 

I got rid of all my OLD P4, P3 and older machines years ago.

 

 

 

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