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Confused About SATA Power Cables For New Evga PSU


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#1 Rocky Bennett

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Posted 21 June 2016 - 02:25 PM

Hello Everybody,

When I first built this Bleeping Computer, I knew absolutely nothing about computers or internet forums or anything else. Because of that, I just bought a computer kit from Newegg that included most of the parts that I needed to build a functional computer. Now that I have been using my computer for a little over a year, I have learned a little bit about computers and computer forums, and I see that my computer is not built optimally. Because of that I would like to reconfigure some parts over the course of the next month or so and I am going to be asking some very specific questions here that might seem stupid to other people, but they have me stumped.

 

First, the kit I bought came with a PSU that has all of the wires integrated into the PSU. (Raidmax RX-700 AC) This PSU is a little too oversized for my needs and the wires are unsightly, so I want to buy an Evga Supernova 550 G2, which is fully modular. I think that for my needs a 550 watt PSU will be more efficient and I really think that I can make my computer look better with a fully modular PSU.

 

But my question concerns the SATA power cables that come with the new Evga. The specs state that this PSU can accommodate 9 SATA devices, but the unit only comes with 3 SATA power cables. Right now I need 6 SATA power cables to accommodate the accessories that I already have installed, so where do I  buy the extra power cables. I have searched all over and I really do not know what they are even called. I guess that the power cables that I need have a 6 prong jack on one end and a SATA fitting on the other end. What is this cable called and where do I buy them?

 

Thanks in advance for any help and please refrain from calling me names, I know that this is a basic question.

 

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Posted 21 June 2016 - 02:48 PM

Maybe use something along the lines of this?  I have never ran out of sata power cables before!

 

https://www.amazon.com/StarTech-com-Power-Splitter-Adapter-PYO4SATA/dp/B0086OGN9E/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1466538403&sr=1-4&keywords=sata+power+cable

 

That is interesting though that it supports that many but does not have that many connections!


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#3 Rocky Bennett

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Posted 21 June 2016 - 02:55 PM

Maybe I did not make myself clear, so I apologize. The Evga does support 9 SATA devices and does have the corresponding amount of connections, I am just looking to buy the very specific but universal 6 prong SATA power cable. I just do not know what this power cable is called. I have been all over Google and Newegg and I have not found the proper 6 prong SATA cable listed anywhere.

 

Thank you for your help/


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Posted 21 June 2016 - 03:01 PM

Hi,

 

Not sure if you can find specific cables for the EVGA SATA power connecter to have more than 3 devices!

 

Probably you need to use this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812200468&cm_re=sata_power_splitter-_-12-200-468-_-Product

 

 

Edit: I suppose there is some limit for the number of splitters used...


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#5 Rocky Bennett

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Posted 21 June 2016 - 03:03 PM

I am looking at the Evga site now and you might be right. Although the specifications clearly indicate that the unit features 9 SATA connectors, the picture only shows that there are three jacks to plug SATA devices into. Now I am really confused.

 

http://www.evga.com/Products/Product.aspx?pn=220-G2-0550-Y1


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Posted 21 June 2016 - 03:04 PM

Hi,

 

Not sure if you can find specific cables for the EVGA SATA power connecter to have more than 3 devices!

 

Probably you need to use this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812200468&cm_re=sata_power_splitter-_-12-200-468-_-Product

 

 

Edit: I suppose there is some limit for the number of splitters used...

 

 

 

No, unfortunately that does not look anything like the cable I need. I need a little 6 prong terminal that only carries electricity, not data.

 

Thanks.


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Posted 21 June 2016 - 03:12 PM

I am looking at the Evga site now and you might be right. Although the specifications clearly indicate that the unit features 9 SATA connectors, the picture only shows that there are three jacks to plug SATA devices into. Now I am really confused.

 

http://www.evga.com/Products/Product.aspx?pn=220-G2-0550-Y1

 

Each Sata power connection on the PSU uses a cable with 3 sata power connections. 3 jacks x 3 devices = 9 devices total.

 

The splitter cable I post connects to one of this sata power connections and give you 2 more = 4 devices.


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Posted 21 June 2016 - 06:27 PM

Yep each cable has 3 SATA power connectors on it.  I.e. if you have 3 HDD's close together you should be able to use one of the modular SATA cables to power them all.

 

If you do need custom or spare cables this site has a lot of them, including this modular PSU to 4 SATA connector plug. I've no experience of ordering from them, but they seem to have a lot of useful stuff - http://www.moddiy.com/products/EVGA-Premium-Single-Sleeved-Power-Supply-Modular-SATA-x-4-Cable-%286%252dPin%29.html


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Posted 21 June 2016 - 06:36 PM

Thanks guys. That answers that first stupid question and I am going to proceed to purchase and install this new PSU.

 

Once this is project is done I will be asking further stupid questions regarding updating my Bleeping Computer.


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