That is indeed strange. I didn't think Pentium 4 boards without that connection were around. My ASRock, which is even more budget than yours appears to be (though ASRock by nature is budget all around), an ASRock P4i65G
, even has that 4 pin +12V connector for the CPU.
In any case, if the motherboard lacks it, the PSU is still fine. It doesn't have to be plugged in if the motherboard doesn't need it.
However, that raises to concern the previous PSU you were running though. If it didn't have that connector, it was likely an ATX 1.x design, and ATX before v2.x didn't prioritize the +12V rail, of which modern PCs (Pentium 4 and later) did more and more. SO, I'd say it's good you're not running it off of whatever you were before. Even many PSUs with
that 4 pin connector are literally just ATX 1.3v PSUs with the connector added on, and not true ATX 2.x PSUs, so if yours lacked it entirely, I don't even want to think about it.
Originally Posted by tpi2007
Yeah, I guess you should. But hey, now that you have that chance, don't go for anything less, 875P all the way! 875P has Intel's Performance Acceleration Technology (PAT) enabled on the Northbridge, which enhanced the performance of the RAM. THe 865 chipset doesn't have that feature (it does, but it's turned off and can't be enabled - it's a binning question - at least they said so)
On my old 865G chipset (on a Dell motherboard, no less), it seemed to have PAT. I can't recall which of the following was the condition exactly, but I was running either 4 modules at 333MHz instead of the maximum 400MHz, or I was running 2 modules instead of 4, but under one of those conditions, Everest showed PAT as enabled. I remember because once I used 4 modules at 400MHz, it disabled it, and it was only then that I looked up what it was (to find out why it may have been disabled). Looking it up, it seemed some boards/BIOS did have it under some situations, but Intel didn't condone it.