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4pin or 8pin?

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Hello, my motherboard has 4pin atx connection for my AMD FX 8210 CPU. Ive read that the performance decrease alot if not using a 8 pin atx connection, is that true?
If so, Im thinking of buying another motherboard with 8pin connection.
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post #2 of 5
The 4 pin is probably for supplementary power, in addition to the 8 pin. Generally, when doing massive overclocks, it can be a benefit. If there is no 8 pin at all, then you probably won't be able to do any real overclocks, but for the 8120, you will have plenty of power; it isn't the most demanding CPU at stock clocks. You should be able to deliver enough power with a 4 pin; just don't try to overclock too much, if at all.
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post #3 of 5
I don't know about a performance hit, if that was the way the mobo was designed. I've been out of the tech scene for many years and just recently got back into it a few months ago. But stands to reason that if the board was developed using a single 4 pin 12v connector then you should be ok., 12v is 12v after all regardless of the transmission means. If not comfortable purchase a new mobo smile.gif
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post #4 of 5
The processor should not take a performance hit. Generally, when a board comes with a higher number of pins for the secondary power i.e. 4 or 8 pin CPU, it's to support more power to the board as a whole, not just the CPU. Generally the 8 pin means the board itself has higher requirements for advanced capabilities.
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post #5 of 5
I would look more on the motherboard VRMs than the 12V connector.
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