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- Unusual PS connector
November 16, 2005, 10:13 pm
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rebranded AOpen unit?) on a system with an Intel D850GB motherboard. It has
an extra 6-pin power connector to the motherboard, placed, fwiw, at a right
angle to one end of the standard 20-pin MB power connector.
I'm having trouble finding a replacement PS with this connector, because I
don't know the correct name or category of PS that has it. I'm not
particularly interested in finding an exact replacement for the PS since it
seems to be a lower-quality make, sold mostly by questionable vendors and on
Can someone enlighten me as to the correct name for this connector and/or
category of PS that would have it?
Re: Unusual PS connector
FSP is Fortron/Sparkle. They make mostly good supplies for
the retail & aftermarket, more of the lower end are made to
lower spec for inclusion in system cases, often rebranded.
I suggest sticking with "Sparkle" or "Fortron" labeling to
help avoid the lower end, though going up to a higher spec'd
model tends to have same effect. Frankly, there isn't any
came-with-case grade 300W PSU that should be running that
I suggest replacement with their 350 or 400W model, or
another you find via spec sheets or pictures, has the aux.
The power connector in question is often labeled "P2", it is
Pin | 1 2 3 4 5 6
Volt | Gnd Gnd Gnd 3V 3V 5V
Color | Blk Blk Blk Orng Orng Red
You can see the connector in some of the various pictures,
for example this PSU has it,
- larry moe 'n curly
November 18, 2005, 9:54 am
Re: Unusual PS connector
You may be able to run it without that 6-pin conector because it's only
for delivering extra +3.3V (orange wires) and +5.0V (red wires)
current, and most of the motherboard power is delivered through the
square 4-pin connector. OTOH many mobos won't work at all if that
latter connector isn't used.
Powerman was made by Fortron-Source Power (the "FSP" in the model
number), which still produces Fortron, Sparkle, Trend, Aopen, Hi-Q,
PowerQ, and Powertech, all which are actually very high quality. The
latter three are budget brands but differ only in having sleeve bearing
fans and maybe lacking fan temperature-speed controllers, and the power
electronics seem to be identical among the brands. If I had to pick
just one PSU manfacturer, it would probably be FSP because their
products are not only the best quality but also some of the cheapest.
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