04-10-2012 07:16 PM
As I am looking at internal upgrades (PCI/e cards, 3.5" drive bay for the 2nd 5.25" bay, etc.) and I am looking at internal power cables and USB, some questions arise after doing a thorough spring cleaning yesterday (and a clean boot first go - yeeeesss):
1] the 5.25" bays have a pair of SATA 15-pin male connectors - can this 'daisychain' be extended if need be and if so, what is the technical term for this cable extension type so I can search for images of them (best to use images when working with the local shops - this applies to each cable/connection in question)?
2] the 4-pin Berg connector for the floppy (I have the OEM card reader) - I assume this can be split with a Y to either a pair of 4-pin Bergs or a 4-pib Berg and a 4-pin Molex: is this correct?
3] there are 2 power cables, both 6-pin female (P3 and P11) - what are they for exactly and can I coopt them for other uses than original?
4] on the board there are 3 USB connections, all in use: can an internal USB port on a PCI card use some sort of adapter/cable configuration to accomodate another male USB connector?
I won't go into here why I'm asking these questions here. By understanding what can/not be done with these internal cables some of my other questions will answer themselves. ;-)
Many thx in advance.
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04-11-2012 09:22 AM
1 - yes, provided you don't exceed 75W of total draw from the resulting chain you create. a "SATA power splitter cable" is what you want.
2 - yes
3 - each of the 6-pin PCIe power connectors have 3 +12V and 3 ground. typically these are for video cards and add 75W each. not much can be done with them unless you're powering something that is +12V only. they could be split out to SATA power (+12V/gnd only) or 4-pin molex each using only two pins. personally, i'd leave these connectors alone.
4 - there are both PCI and PCIe x1 adapters with internal USB connectors. this link to newegg.com might help locate something suitable. you might find a product on their site also offered in your area.
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04-11-2012 04:16 PM
Hi again Erik - thx for your quick reply. I will definitely take your advice on #3. On #4 I have a follow on question that I'll start a new thread for so as to keep things tidy.