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What cables go from motherboard to power supply?

The primary task of the Power Supply Unit (PSU) is to provide your motherboard with power. This is done via the 20-pins or 24-pins connector. A 24-pins cable is backwards compatible with a 20-pins motherboard, often this cable can be split into 20- and 4-pins (like in the image above).

What is the 4 pin ATX power connector for on a motherboard?

The ATX 4-pin power supply connector is a standard motherboard power connector used to provide +12 VDC to the processor voltage regulator.

Are all power supply cords the same?

The input power cords are pretty standard. If you had a really high wattage power supply you might want a heavier gauge wire, but otherwise the power supply has a standard power input.

Can I use any PSU cable?

Any cable will work. A 1,000W power supply (80% efficient) will pull about 10 amps at full load. That’s well within the specs of any of those cables. Some compaines do sell heavier duty cables, with larger wires in them, but there’s no need in this case.

How many power cables does a motherboard need?

You normally only have 2 cable sets running to the motherboard. 1 is the main ATX power connector. These have either 20 or 24 pins depending on the age of the system. Most power supplies will have a 20+4 design so you can remove the unused 4 for older systems.

Can a power supply destroy a motherboard?

Most power supply units and motherboards adjust their voltages to accommodate small power surges. But if it’s a big one, it can fry your motherboard and all the components connected to it.

Can I use a 4 pin power supply on a 8 pin motherboard?

It is entirely possible to just plug the 4-pin connector in the 8-pin slot. It won’t damage anything, but the motherboard will detect the difference and either not start up at all, or run in a VERY restricted mode.

Does motherboard need 4 pin?

You do not have to plug that extra 4 pin CPU power connector on the board. The 8 pin is more than enough for running the system. You’re totally fine without it. If you’re upgrading to a RTX 3070 or 3080 and a Ryzen 5600X your 650 Watts should be enough since it’s a good model.

What is a motherboard connector?

Q-Connector or ASUS Q-Connector, is an adapter, sometimes included with ASUS motherboards, which sits in between the motherboard front panel connectors and the front panel cables.

What is motherboard installation?

Installing a motherboard typically means you are essentially building a new computer. You will need to reinstall your operating system if you are upgrading, and you will need to format any system drives. You cannot simply upgrade to a new motherboard without reinstalling everything on your computer.

What is a computer power connector?

A power connector can also be a cable or connection that allows power to reach different internal components within a larger system. Computer towers, for example, often have a power supply that connects to a wall outlet or similar source, and then distributes that charge to various internal devices within the tower.