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Hey everybody! I'm new to this part of the forum but I know for a fact that everybody here is ungodly smart when it comes to specific tech. smile.gif

Now this is what I have currently:

1) I have two Antec 1000Watt PSU's Linkie

2) I have 3 Sandy Bridge i7's @ 5ghz Folding@100% load 24/7 hooked up to 3 different OCZ 600 watt PSU's. * I already have the 4th Sandy Bridge platform on the way, BTW*

Now According to posts made on the forum else where, each "system" uses about 250 watts to maybe 300 watts max *i like to over shoot when it comes to PSU's*. Now the deal is, I'm planning on making a custom case with 4 Sandy Bridge systems and space will become a severe issue if I have to use 4 different PSU's. What I would like to do is have a "Y" 24pin connector going from each motherboard so that they all get the power they need from 1 or 2 of the Antec 1000watt PSU's.

Would something like this be possible and also, what about the connector for the motherboard up where the socket is? I think this is a 8 pin connector but it's special and only for motherboards. Sorry for my lack of knowledge on what the connection is actually called. frown.gif

Any input would be greatly appreciated and again thank you!
post #2 of 25
I have a gut feeling that picking up a few 350-400W psu's are probably a cheaper, quicker, and easier alternative to your plan, but

Assuming you had the electronics know how and the patience to figure the PSU's out, I think it would technically be possible to run 2 CPUs on 1 of them. Figure @ 250W per CPU (5Ghz Overclock), your drawing ~20amps each

The PSU has multiple 25 Amp rails. I would assume you could do it, I am just not sure of the internal circuitry for the 24 pin motherboard adapter and if you would be able to safely add another without compromising some of the components of the PSU.

I let the more technical PSU brains take over as the last one I took apart to mod was back in like 2005.
    
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One antec 1000w would power two systems no problem. You would need a 24pin y splitter and since the TPQ1000 has a 8pin and a 4pin 12v you would need something like this for the second board-
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post #4 of 25
Thread Starter 
awesome!!! thanks for the help! *just ordered*

could to point me in the right direction for the 24pin Y splitter?
post #5 of 25
Im not sure where you could get one, but it would be extremely easy to make one.
post #6 of 25
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Originally Posted by Full_Tilt;12669715 
Im not sure where you could get one, but it would be extremely easy to make one.

i figured it would be, I might just buy a 24pin extension and just splice off the end and hook it up that way.
post #7 of 25
The 24 pin connector isn't designed to provide power to two motherboards at the same time. Connecting two motherboards to one 24 pin could cause it to overdraw power, especially if you are using 2 or more graphics cards on each motherboard. Even if your only folding on CPU it would be dicey, since both are running a balls-to-the-wall overclock.

I personally wouldn't, but I would get an expert opinion, I'm a noob lol frown.gif
     
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Quote:
Originally Posted by AgentHydra;12669864 
The 24 pin connector isn't designed to provide power to two motherboards at the same time.

It can easily power two motherboards but you have to make sure you dont overload the 12v power wire. So make sure to stick with only one gpu per board that is pci-e powered and you will be fine.
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Crossloading issues maybe? Not sure how well that would work. It should work, but not without a bit of a trouble.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by TheLaw;12675794 
Crossloading issues maybe? Not sure how well that would work. It should work, but not without a bit of a trouble.

Cross load is a issue when you use 2 PSu on 1 pc. No when you use 1 psu for two pcs LOL..

I think this is relatively straight forward.
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