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EVGA GTX680 FTW+ 4GB question about power connectors and behaviour.

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Hello,
I ve just bought 2x EVGA GTX 680 FTW+ 4GB and i munted them asap in my rig. After clean installing windows and drivers i ve notices that there is no SLI option and in the device manager 1 of the cards was with exclamation mark. I thought its something wrong with the hardware but it turned out that i badly isnerted 1 of the PCIE power cables , so this time i connected it firmly and it works. The question is , shouldnt the card make a loud noise when there is not enough power ? It may have stayed silent because the cable was connected but the notch didnt lock so it probably slided away a little as there was like 3mm of space so it probably had tiems it was connected and times when it was not , so generally the cable was connected but not pushed to the end so the card not always had enough power as the connector gave power , than it didnt , than it did again (as it was inserted almost to the end but not locked). So , the proper question is - Can this damage the card ? If the connectors are not plugged the card makes a noise but this was plugged and gave power on its will (giving power when it wanted to) . I assume this was the cause of the card not recognized (recognized with exlamation mark) in windows . Can it be dangerous for the card ? Or is the card secured from those human errors ? Can this somehow damage the card permamently ?
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post #2 of 3
Some older cards did this.

From what I understand. this warning feature adds cost.

Beyond that I have no idea why they remove the feature.
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Well that was odd for me as i mounted those up in SLI config and first on the old windows it was ok. There was an option to turn SLI on ETC. Then i did format and clean windows 7 install and drivers and then there was no SLI option. 1 card was properly recognized while the other had an exclamation mark on it. Then i thought i have a faulty card out of the box but i checked all the wirings etc and it came out that 1 PCIE cable loosened out and was not 100% plugged in (no click of the blocker). When i plugged this cable properly , the 2nd card was recognized and sli works but it really confused me as my old GTX 580 beeped liek hell when i forgot to connect the wire... But on the other hand it was when i DID NOT connect the wire not like now when i connected it but didnt realize that the plastic holder didnt "CLICK" so it seems that the cable slipped a little bit away and maybe it worked when it wanted - i mean there was the power on this connector , then there wasnt and again there was and etc. SO my MAIN question is , does the lack of power from this conenctor can damage the card somehow ? And if the PCIE power cable is connected in such way that in 1 moment it gives power and after some time it disconnects the power - can DAMAGE the card in some way? The cord must have slept away form the socket as the plastick blocker (the click thingy) didnt lock the cord down so it could move in there and send the power but after 30 min it could move and disconnect again. Just wanna know if that coudl damage my card. Ty for attention ; )
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Core I7 3930K ASUS Rampage IV Extreme BIOS 2105 2 x EVGA GTX 680 FTW+ Corsair DominatorGT 2133Mhz 4x4 GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2 x Samsung SSD 830 256GB in RAID0 + 2 x Seagat... LG BH10LS30 Temporary Corsair H60 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
ASUS  Logitech Ultra X Flat Seasonic Platinum 1000W NZXT Switch 810 
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Core I7 3930K ASUS Rampage IV Extreme BIOS 2105 2 x EVGA GTX 680 FTW+ Corsair DominatorGT 2133Mhz 4x4 GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2 x Samsung SSD 830 256GB in RAID0 + 2 x Seagat... LG BH10LS30 Temporary Corsair H60 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
ASUS  Logitech Ultra X Flat Seasonic Platinum 1000W NZXT Switch 810 
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