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Confused with power cables for MSI GTX 980

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The only other VGA cable I have is the 6+2 which has the extra 6 pins, do I use that one?

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So I installed my GTX 980 to my motherboard but I'm confused with which cables I plug what to my graphics card, I'm supposed to plug a PCI-E cable but my says VGA is that right? Also if it is VGA, I have two cables, one has a 6+2 pin, plus a 4 pin, and the other one just has a 6+2 pin also my graphics card comes with a 6 to 8 pin adapter but the 8 pin part is missing one at the bottom right but my graphics has all 8 on both inserts. What I'm I suppose to do?

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could you post pictures of the plugs and the GPU?

 

you should only need to use 6 pin and a 6+2 pin

 

those plugs labeled VGA are for the GPU

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the second pic is what you need to plug into your GPU

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Use two 6+2

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Use two 6+2

The one that only has a 6+2? Also to which port do I plug the cable to my graphics card?

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The one that only has a 6+2? Also to which port do I plug the cable to my graphics card?

yes it still a 8 pin

 

and you can plug to any ports

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yes it still a 8 pin

 

and you can plug to any ports

So it doesn't matter if one port for the graphics card is empty?

The Graphics card also came with a 6 to 8 pin connector do I need that at all?

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So it doesn't matter if one port for the graphics card is empty?

The Graphics card also came with a 6 to 8 pin connector do I need that at all?

you cant boot the GPU with just one plug

 

you wont need to use it since your PSU has enough power plugs

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 6+2 pin 

As far as i know 6+2=8 

 

so you put the 6 pin next to the 2 pin and now u have 8.....

U already have an 8 pin so now you will thus have TWO 8 pin connectors (enough for the 980)

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you cant boot the GPU with just one plug

 

you wont need to use it since your PSU has enough power plugs

Because you said to use the 6+2 connector and that can only connect to one port?

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Because you said to use the 6+2 connector and that can only connect to one port?

when you join the 6+2 pins together it becomes a 8 pin plug

 

you plug that to one

 

and then the other 8 pin goes into the other hole

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what you have in the second pic...both of those goes into your graphics card.

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what you have in the second pic...both of those goes into your graphics card.

From what I interpreted from that picture is the 6+2 is for the graphics card and the other side to the power supply.

 

If they are indeed two different cables then I agree.

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when you join the 6+2 pins together it becomes a 8 pin plug

 

you plug that to one

 

and then the other 8 pin goes into the other hole

I just noticed that the second photo with the 6+2 Is the one 8 pin on that cable, the other 8 pin is actually the end of the cable which I think is for the power supply, but the other cable which has a 6+2 pin plus a 6 pin could be the one? That's why I was asking if that 6 to 8 pin adaptor could be used so I can connect it to the 6 pin and make it a 8 pin thus having two 8 pins and the other 8 pin which is for the power supply?

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yes the side with 8 pins goes into the PSU

 

the 6+2 goes to your GPU

 

the bottom picture is a more of an adapter for PCI-E plug with only 6 pins

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yes the side with 8 pins goes into the PSU

 

the 6+2 goes to your GPU

 

the bottom picture is a more of an adapter for PCI-E plug with only 6 pins

Okay So I'm going to use this cable?

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Okay So I'm going to use this cable?

yes

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Okay So I'm going to use this cable?

And be doing this?

Plugging the 6+2 pin connector to the graphics card?

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And be doing this?

Plugging the 6+2 pin connector to the graphics card?

yes

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yes

But the other port for the graphics card will be empty? Since the cable I'm using only has one 6+2.

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But the other port for the graphics card will be empty? Since the cable I'm using only has one 6+2.

use another power cable and do the same

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