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Is it harmful for a processor and/or motherboard if the motherboard is a dual socket motherboard, only one socket is filled with a (compatible) processor, but two processor power plugs are plugged into the motherboard?

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Yes...Its harmful –  Ramhound Feb 8 '13 at 19:59
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Can you maybe explain what possible harm could be caused? –  Aram Feb 8 '13 at 20:02
    
Why do you want to do this? for what purpose? –  mdpc Feb 8 '13 at 20:30
    
@mdpc First of all, just to gather some more information about computers, the more the better! Second, it doesn't really have any purpose other than removing the need to plug it in later. –  Aram Feb 9 '13 at 0:31

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It should be fine. If there is no processor installed on the motherboard, no power will be drawn from the PSU.

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