Mac pro - 6 pin motherboard connectors - can you buy in the uk?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by swiss tony, Jun 11, 2008.

  1. swiss tony macrumors newbie

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    Does the mac pro come with said cable with the standard graphics card installed? Ive linked to the ATI us site where you can buy thoes cables, however there is not such a situation in the UK. Can you build these cables yourself? Does anyone have a wiring diagram? Could anyone buy them for me and ship them?

    Thanks in advance.

    MJK
     
  2. FireSlash macrumors member

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    Just for you, I opened my early 08 pro up to check. It has one 6 pin graphics connector. However, I'm using the upgraded 8800GT. The forums seem to indicate otherwise ( http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=5434623&postcount=1939 ). I don't believe the stock card requires this cable, but it sounds like the 8800GT upgrade kit comes with it.

    Further research finds they can be purchased from ATI ( http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=5130242&postcount=2 ) and the motherboard has two connectors available. ( http://www.insidemacgames.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=32774&view=findpost&p=338822 )
     
  3. swiss tony thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It would be nice to know anywhere in the UK where you could buy such a cable so that i would not have to purchase an overpriced upgrade, instead of saving money and installing it myself. Is the 6pin to 6pin the same as you would have on a modular PSU for example.
    Major hassle but could you do a wiring diagram of the cable, however it is quite a risk making a cable yourself especially on such expensive hardware.
    I would pay someone to ship some to the UK, they must be mega lightweight.

    Thanks Max
     
  4. Rankrotten macrumors 6502

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    I got mine from eBay, arrived from the USA to UK in a couple of days. The postage cost more than the cable :eek:
     
  5. swiss tony thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks everyone i snacked one off ebay from hong kong two for $40. I dont think i would want to risk the ol' DIY power cableage.
     
  6. Infrared macrumors 68000

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    Does anyone know why Apple used these connectors?
     
  7. slughead macrumors 68040

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    It's likely IBM who chose them, probably to keep idiots from plugging them in wrong--similar to USB A Vs B plugs.

    Server class hardware and they still have to idiot-proof... Kind of gives insight to the IT world, doesn't it?

    Thank G_d I retired!
     

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