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why does the the asus re3 have two 8-pin connectors?

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I don't know if this is a dumb question but i can't figure out why they would need to put two 8-pin connectors on there.

EDIT: NEW question: lets say one is just fine but I want to add both connectors just for looks will it hurt it at all?
Edited by fenderlove0` - 1/17/11 at 7:27am
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Does it have 2 cpus?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by fenderlove0` View Post
I don't know if this is a dumb question but i can't figure out why they would need to put two 8-pin connectors on there.
It's for extreme overclocks where the cpu pulls more power than what the one 8-pin can give.
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It has two ports in case you are doing some serious extreme overclocking and you need that extra current, but in most consumer cases it isn't necessary. It might be necessary running a 980X and quad SLI though, and then there are two molex connectors for auxiliary power. Short answer is it's built in for redundancy and extra headroom.
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Thank you!!!! Big question though, lets say one is just fine but I want to add both connectors just for looks will it hurt it at all?
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Adding both connectors will not hurt it at all, it's just not necessary. The average single 8-pin can provide around 28 amps or 336 watts at 12v. And not all CPU current draw comes from the 8-pin I don't think.
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yes the 8 pin is extra, and is limited by the wires, there is a limit on each wire that comes from the PSU and how much it can handle, and it grossly underrated for the gauge that wire is at.
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