Originally Posted by ElCheapo
960 Strix had a 6 pin connector, drew too much often like this. Reference 960 had a 6 pin connector, didn't. Other board partners had lower PCI-E slot draw with similar performance. Not sure why that's difficult to understand.
There's two problems- first is the PCI-E 6 pin connector's spec being out of line for the TDP that's exceeding spec- that's a separate problem from the PCI-E overdraw. The only mutual solution is lowering the power it can use. People keep citing adding a connector as if it'll fix the problem. It doesn't need a connector change- and it's entirely possible a connector change won't fix it.
Of course a connector change isn't going to fix the PCIE motherboard draw.
That requires a change in most likely, the design of the card.
I was just saying that if the card needed too much power which is why it also requires a lot of power from the PCIE slot, a move to less power to the PCIE slot and more through the 6 pin (or 8 pin if it requires too much), would have been better.
Slap a 8 pin instead and draw most of your power from it, should fix all of the cards power problems.
Also, talking about the strix version is completely irrelevant. It is not a reference card
. A reference card usually takes less power
than AIB cards. Some AIB 960s have 8 pin instead of 6 pin (like the evga ssc version).
The reference design of the 480 seems to be flawed if this is a true issue.
Talking about the 960 strix is like saying "well if he robbed a bank and wasn't caught, I'm allowed to do the same, because he got away with it". It is wrong. Just plain wrong.