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    I always wondered what this end of the PSU power connectors was. Is it for SCSI or something?
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    A different angle...
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    you haven't been playing with computers for very long, have you? :) It's an AT power connecter, as opposed to an ATX connector which most PCs use now.

    EDIT: Has your camera got a macro focus? It would make that much clearer...

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    It is an AUX power connector, much like the 4 pin P4 connector. On the older AT style PSU's there were 2 of those connectors, P8 and P9.

    I have yet to use a non server board that supports that connector whereas a lot of Xeon boards I have used will accept those aux. connectors.

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    Actually Beefy i started building comps around a yr and half ago...i know what the older AT look like but i never noticed the Power Supply connector. Thx anyway.

    About the camera i suppose it dows...just never read the manual or configured the camera...
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    Dell uses something like that, a p6 or p7 I believe. So if a dell psu dies, you have to buy theirs. I had a crazy customer that wanted his dell pIII 700 atx switched to a new case. That dell psu had to be used as well because of that connector. And yes, the dummy still has passive cpu cooling despite a stern warning about getting a $10 slot cooler.

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    Nobody answered Flaco's question. We all know it has the same form factor as old AT connectors, but with only one per PSu, what actually USES it?

    Is it just for replacing a Dell PSu?
    "In their capacity as a tool, computers will be but a ripple on the surface of our culture. In their capacity as intellectual challenge, they are without precedent in the cultural history of mankind." - Edsger Dijkstra

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    a lot of dual processor server motherboards use that connector for power. I would hope the power supply with that connector was at least 300W preferably more..

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    All dual Athlon mobo's that I know of use that connector.

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    Well there is the answer. At second glance I noticed that Vinnie had responded with that answer, but I thought he meant older servers, not current ones.
    "In their capacity as a tool, computers will be but a ripple on the surface of our culture. In their capacity as intellectual challenge, they are without precedent in the cultural history of mankind." - Edsger Dijkstra

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