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Thread: motherboard + power supply

  1. #1
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    Oct 2005

    Default motherboard + power supply

    How do you find out if a power supply is compatible with a motherboard or not.

    MicroATX for example, is this compatible with any regular 20/24pin ATX Power Supply?

    What if your powering an AMD cpu, what power supplies are supposed to be used?

    What if your powering an INTEL cpu, what power supplies are supposed to be used?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Minnesota, United States

    Default Re: motherboard + power supply

    A board with a 24-pin power connector should use a power supply with a native 24-pin, however they often work with 20-pin connector. It's preferable that 24-pin boards also be using an ATX 2.0 PSU, but as long as it has a 24-pin connector, it's probably fine. Any board with a 20-pin connector will work with any PSU with a 24-pin connector. MicroATX doesn't use different power specs than ATX.

    For P4s, Athlon 64s, and some socket A boards, you'll need a PSU with an auxiliary 12v connector. This is a 2x2 connector that hooks into its own spot on the motherboard. Pretty much every PSU made in the last four years has one, and you can get molex converters for them if it doesn't.

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