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Hey guys,

I am a fairly novice in regards to sleeving but I am about to undertake sleeving the majority of modular cables on my Enermax 1500w PSU. All of the PCIE cables are 6+2 pin and have a bunch of the ground wires actually bridge together and join with a crimped metal thing.

So 2 questions really -

1 - What is the best way to go about sleeving 6+2 pin cables as I have 7970's and will require 1 8 pin and 1 6 pin for each card. I dont really want the +2 pins just hanging there looking silly on the unused connector.

2 - Can I get rid of the big crimped on joiner for the ground wires and then run them through as full length cables from connector to connector for a cleaner look.

Any pointers would be greatly appreciated.
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Post a Picture of the connector. I never worked on enermax psu's yet.
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Hey guys,
I am a fairly novice in regards to sleeving but I am about to undertake sleeving the majority of modular cables on my Enermax 1500w PSU. All of the PCIE cables are 6+2 pin and have a bunch of the ground wires actually bridge together and join with a crimped metal thing.
So 2 questions really -
1 - What is the best way to go about sleeving 6+2 pin cables as I have 7970's and will require 1 8 pin and 1 6 pin for each card. I dont really want the +2 pins just hanging there looking silly on the unused connector.
2 - Can I get rid of the big crimped on joiner for the ground wires and then run them through as full length cables from connector to connector for a cleaner look.
Any pointers would be greatly appreciated.

I am assuming you are looking at something like this:



And thinking to yourself "why in the world did they do it like that lol

I have always disliked sleeving those power supplies due to the many double wires.

The best way is to use the double wire method in my video series (stickied in the forum) and then trying to make as many cables single wires as you can. With the others make them double wires, and get rid of the extra +2 pin and wires if you dont need it.
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Originally Posted by Lutro0 View Post

I am assuming you are looking at something like this:

And thinking to yourself "why in the world did they do it like that lol
I have always disliked sleeving those power supplies due to the many double wires.
The best way is to use the double wire method in my video series (stickied in the forum) and then trying to make as many cables single wires as you can. With the others make them double wires, and get rid of the extra +2 pin and wires if you dont need it.

They would be the EXACT calbes ;-)

Mind reader you are!

Yeah I figure I will eliminate the +2 on the cables I only need 6 pins and join all the joined wires to their pairs to keep things nice and clean.
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I use an XFX X1250 and that has tonnes of double wires. I sleeved every thing. It made my cables look real nice and I'm quite happy with the results. What I tend to do, is not eliminate any wires. On my GPU there is a 8 and 6 pin connector. I use 2 6+2 connectors and simply pull back the remaining +2 connector to the back of my case. It hides really well and if you sleeved well, you can't tell the difference.

I never like cutting wires on my PSU, unless its to do with double wires..............which i solder back together, just in a better configuration. However as far as I'm aware it can be done. I have seen some PSU's use the same layout for a 6 pin as they do for an 8 pin with the 2 extra pins being ground wires. I'm not certain if all PSU's use this concept, but if it does then you can certainly remove the wires. Please refer to the pin layout of the PSU from the manufacturer, because it is very easy to short things out if you mess up the pin configuration.

What I usually use when I'm dealing with pins on my PSU, is use a PSU tester. Its pretty cheap and gives you warnings if you did something wrong..........which you shouldn't if you take your time. I believe thermaltake sells one of these for $30.

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I got rid of the +2 on mine. Since I don't ever see myself using them and replaced the double wires with singles.
 
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Ill see what looks best and go with that. Thanks for all the help.
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