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Two EATX12V sockets on my mobo??

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I have a rampage III extreme, and only now it occured to me I have two 8pin EATX12V sockets I can fill.
I tried googling in, but I didn't really find a particular use for these sockets, other than the manual saying ''connect these plugs or your PC simply won't boot''.
Well, contrary to what it's saying, I plugged my two 4pin cpu plugs next to eachother into the top socket, leaving my second socket unfilled.

My first question would be, is this bad for my motherboard?

My second question would be, would it be wise if I bought a cable (2x molex to 8 pin motherboard) to fill up the second socket?

My third question would be, what is the benefit of filling two of these sockets if it was beneficial?

Meaningful answers are much appreciated~
    
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post #2 of 7
if it works dont mess with it
post #3 of 7
You only need to use one of the sockets. The second one is for heavy overclocks. The additional power increases stability and allows for heavier overclocks. By two 4-pin connectors I assume you mean your 4+4 pin connector.

In short, if you are not going to be doing insane overclocks you dont need to use both of the sockets, just use one.
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Well, I do plan on setting the CPU overclock to 3.77 Ghz in the pre-set that came with the BIOS.
Does that count as a heavy overclock?

As for using 2 4pin plugs (CPU1 and CPU2) on one socket, is that alright?
    
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You should be fine using only one of the 8-pin connectors with a 3.77 overclock.

As far as I know your PSU only has a 4+4 CPU connector, which is what you should use.
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You're right, it only has a 4+4 CPU connector, I only wonder if it's alright to place both of these in the same socket? :0

Thanks for your help so far, you've been very helpful~
    
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Yes, they are meant to be put in the same socket.
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