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Are 6-pin to 8-pin adapters safe for GPUs?

Hi there,

 

Before I start my question, here's my current build:

 

-XFX FX-777A-ZNF4 Radeon HD 7000 Series; AMD; Radeon HD 7770; 1000 MHz; CrossFire; 2048 x 1536 pixels; 2560 x 1600 pixels (FX-777A-ZNF4)

-Intel Core i7 i7-4790K CPU (Quad Core 4GHz, Socket H3 LGA-1150)

-Asrock Z97M ANNIVERSARY MATX Motherboard Socket 1150 (Intel Z97, 4x DDR3, 4x SATA III)

-HyperX FURY Series 8GB (2x 4GB) DDR3 1866MHz CL10 DIMM Memory Module Kit - Black

-EVGA 500B 500W 80+ BRONZE PC Power Supply

-LiteOn IHAS124-04 24x SATA Half Height Internal DVDRW Drive

-Seagate Barracuda 3.5 inch 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB 6GB/S Internal SATA Drive

-Fractal Design Core 1000 Series Micro ATX Case

 

As you can probably tell, my PC is severely bottlenecked, with my GPU not being up-to-date with my CPU. I have decided to buy a new GTX 970 for my system on Black Friday (in a week or so), but cannot really make up my mind. I have considered the Gigabyte G1 Gaming, but it's too large for my case and the EVGA ones are said to not have good heating (with the copper pipes not making contact with the back), but the ASUS Strix has gotten my attention.

 

The only issue is that my PSU only supports 6-pin GPU power, and I cannot really afford to buy a new PSU at the moment. My question is, is it safe for the GPU, if I use a 6-pin to 8-pin adapter, which I buy separately? If there is a danger for the card, I would rather not buy it, so please do let me know. 

 

Thank you!

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It's probably fine. 8 pin and 6 pin connectors are the same except 8 pins have two extra pins for grounding purposes to help stabilize the extra current being supplied. You should be fine, but I don't know if the information I supplied has made you paranoid about instabilities.

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Just tried a GTX 770 over the weekend with 2 8-pin connectors. Old PSU didn't have provisions for 8-pin, so just stuck the 6 pin connectors in it.  Is working great and has been for the last few days.

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WTF?

First: Buy a new PSU.

Second: Buy a 390.

well if he wants nvidia's features and better drivers then nvidia make sense

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No.

 

Please... Please don't do this.

 

This can destroy your GPU.

I WOULD NEVER SELL A COMPUTER THAT USES A 6-8 PIN ADAPTER. IF THEY DESERVE THE BEST, THAN YOU DESERVE THE BEST.

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No.

 

Please... Please don't do this.

 

This can destroy your GPU.

I WOULD NEVER SELL A COMPUTER THAT USES A 6-8 PIN ADAPTER. IF THEY DESERVE THE BEST, THAN YOU DESERVE THE BEST.

No, it will likely be fine.

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No, it will likely be fine.

Hmm.

 

until he puts a heavy load on it.

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Hmm.

 

until he puts a heavy load on it.

The main concern I have is if the current will be stable without the extra ground pins. Unfortunately, I don't have a 6 to 8 pin adapter to test on my Windforce 970.

"It pays to keep an open mind, but not so open your brains fall out." - Carl Sagan.

"If you place a piece of bread somewhere on Earth, and another one on that point's antipodes, well you made yourself an Earth-sandwich." - Michael from Vsauce.

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Hmm.

until he puts a heavy load on it.

It won't cause any damage. No reason it should.

n0ah1897, on 05 Mar 2014 - 2:08 PM, said:  "Computers are like girls. It's whats in the inside that matters.  I don't know about you, but I like my girls like I like my cases. Just as beautiful on the inside as the outside."

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I normally steer clear of using them on anything but lower end GPU's.

ie: Would rather a PSU thats capable without adapters.

 

Not versed in the risks, don't wanna know the hard way.

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I would say get a power supply before the GPU, I always go by/say stability before performance. "You probably will be fine" but that's what they said about many things, also it is one of the most famous last words ;)

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You can probably even skip the adapter. Just put that 6pin there and you should be fine, since 6pin is rated at 150W and 970 uses 145W. It leaves no room for overclocking, but you can do that later when you do decide to upgrade. 

 

And it works with some cards. Did it to my friends MSI 960.

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You can probably even skip the adapter. Just put that 6pin there and you should be fine, since 6pin is rated at 150W and 970 uses 145W. It leaves no room for overclocking, but you can do that later when you do decide to upgrade. 

 

And it works with some cards. Did it to my friends MSI 960.

My 970 requires an eight pin connector. Six pins are a no-go.

"It pays to keep an open mind, but not so open your brains fall out." - Carl Sagan.

"If you place a piece of bread somewhere on Earth, and another one on that point's antipodes, well you made yourself an Earth-sandwich." - Michael from Vsauce.

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My 970 requires an eight pin connector. Six pins are a no-go.

Have you tried?

 When the going gets weirdthe weird turn pro.

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WTF?

First: Buy a new PSU.

Second: Buy a 390.

But the GTX970 is only $280 and it is overkill for 1080

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Have you tried?

Yes. I had a six pin adapter and plugged it into the eight pin connector. It requested that I plug in the eight pin connector.

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Yes. I had a six pin adapter and plugged it into the eight pin connector. It requested that I plug in the eight pin connector.

Oh, really. Now can you kindly tell me if this is universal feature, or is it just your 970.

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Yes. I had a six pin adapter and plugged it into the eight pin connector. It requested that I plug in the eight pin connector.

I try once again.

 

What specific 970 do you own, and do you know if trait you mentioned applies to all 970's? I hope you wouldn't hold back any information, since I'm not certainly the only one who would appreciate knowing more about the subject.

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Oh, really. Now can you kindly tell me if this is universal feature, or is it just your 970.

The only thing I can tell you is it's on the Windforce 970. Some cards may accept a six pin in an eight pin connector.

"It pays to keep an open mind, but not so open your brains fall out." - Carl Sagan.

"If you place a piece of bread somewhere on Earth, and another one on that point's antipodes, well you made yourself an Earth-sandwich." - Michael from Vsauce.

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WTF?

First: Buy a new PSU.

Second: Buy a 390.

 

I agree with this statement. 

However, if you get a 390 you'll definitely need a new PSU. There is a reason the card is 8 pin and not 6.

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The only thing I can tell you is it's on the Windforce 970. Some cards may accept a six pin in an eight pin connector.

Thank you. I got bit worried that this was just about you.

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Thank you. I got bit worried that this was just about you.

I have no idea what you mean.

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"If you place a piece of bread somewhere on Earth, and another one on that point's antipodes, well you made yourself an Earth-sandwich." - Michael from Vsauce.

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