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Just like the video cards, does my X-Fi need direct power from the PSU? I just noticed my card has a power connector when I'm browsing newegg on my old stuff....wow..


Source: Newegg

You see that power connector? Someone tell me if I should attach the PSU cable to this. I've been using it for the past..months without it. Basically running from the PCI slot only.
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Yea i was wondering that too, i just went ahead and plugged it in.
    
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this might not be the answer you were looking for, but all I had to do is put the card into the pci slot and I was done
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I don't think you have to even use the power connector....PCI devices don't drain that much power.
    
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But that brings up the question...why is there a power connector?
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post #6 of 14
The PCI slot provides enough power. Sound cards use a LOT LOT less power than any video card. Don't know what that power connector is for... you can always be our guinea pig and try!
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post #7 of 14
I dunno if this makes sense but when i play Rainbow Six Vegas, i would get this problem where somebody would fire a gun and i would hear the sound of the gun going off for the rest of the game. It would just keep repeating forever. However, since i plugged in the power connecter i haven't had that problem once! so im keeping mine powered!
    
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post #8 of 14
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Quote:
Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
The PCI slot provides enough power. Sound cards use a LOT LOT less power than any video card. Don't know what that power connector is for... you can always be our guinea pig and try!
stormlobster is our guinea pig. He already has it plugged in. I think we need a true audiophile to answer this. Maybe I should try to email Creative and get some BS from them?
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post #9 of 14
"There is a power connector on the sound card. From the manual:

Powers the X-Fi I/O Console* via the AD_Link connector. Connect a power cable from your computer's power supply to this connector.

You won't need to connect it unless you have the Platinum or higher version of the card and have the I/O Console connected."

There's your answer.
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post #10 of 14
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Anyone care to explain what is the "X-Fi I/O Console?
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