Radeon 9800Pro Power connector

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Is it necessary to conect the 9800 AND the HARDDRIVE to the SAME power connector as it is shown in the diagram on the antistatic bag???

Reason for my SILLY question is that I THINK my 2D applications open and LOAD a little faster when the card and the Harddrive are on SEPARATE connectors???
 

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I recall hearing the NVidia 6800U originally needed two molex connectors for power, and that the connectors could only connect to the gfx card and fans because the card needed so much juice. I've never heard anything else any other gfx card needing a dedicated molex. That being said, if you are really curious that hooking up your card to your HD is slowing you down, you could use a voltmeter to measure how much your card is pulling when daisy chained to the HD and when seperate. If it pulls less when daisy-cahined, voila!! You know. Chances are its not though. But if you have enough molex to have the card on a seperate connector, leave it that way for your own peace of mind.

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You can use any available plug. I do anyway's.

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I was simply saying the only time I've heard of a power restriction on which molex could be used is for the 6800. So, it doesn't seem likely that he would take a performance hit from hooking up his gfx card to a molex daisy-chained off his HD.

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Cards since the 9700 have been using a power connector, just the FDD version until recently a full molex. Theres no way that connecting them in series or off independent leads would have any effect on data transfer.

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I wouldn't worry about it. I have no open power cables and divided one of my drives without any problems. Well, actually I did have problems, but it wasn't power. I had to reinstall os to get good performance. Good Luck

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