My new graphics card (XFX RX 480 4GB) has one 8-pin power connector. I have Z600 workstation which has limited PSU connectors, one 6-pin connector and 1 additional rail that connects my hard disk and has additional Molex and SATA connector on that rail.
My computer has currently available one 6-pin connector and 1 Molex. The graphic card has one 8-pin connector only.
Reading forums in internet suggests not using only the 6-pin connector but also the additional 2-pin connector to get the full 150W from the 8 pins.
The graphics card has 150 W power consumption, but users report varying power consumption at max usage between 120W to 220W (without OC).
PCI-e supplies the graphics card with 75 W
The 6-pin power connector carries the additional 75 W
Total of 150 W
Molex supplies additional 75W
Because my HDD is on the same rail, it will take away maximum of 25W
Total of 50 W from Molex.
6 pin + Molex = total of 200 W which is probably enough.
But because it might (very likely) exceeds the 150 W power consumption, I want to connect the additional 2 pins (the additional 50 W) as well.
There are two ways:
- Molex to 2-pin (or Molex to 6+2 and use the 2-pin connector only)
- Use 6-pin connector to 8-pin connector but sacrifice the additional power that it might needs.
The obvious option is the first one, but I haven't found a single adapter that suits me in my local stores (in about 100 km range). That means I have to wait additional one month to receive my items from online store (eBay has everything) if I bought them from there.
Any other options? I might found some other connectors/adapters from my local stores.
After some more research...
Someone from this post which asks about the safety of converting 6 pin to 8 pin wrote a comment saying that he went to a professional guy and asked if that's safe to do and he confirmed it.
That's one of the options currently but this way the graphics card isn't supplied with all the possible power that it might need.
A 8-pin connector can supply up to 150W which will be good (-25W used by my hard drive).
After spending more time in the internet...
How does this sound like:
Molex -> Molex to 6-pin -┐ ├--> 2x 6-pin to 8-pin 6-pin -------------------┘
S O L V E D
I got the cable today and I have been playing GTA V for 2 hours now at maximum settings and it hasn't shutdown nor throttled (still the advertised clock speed).
Conclusion: Yes, XFX RX 480 4GB can run with 6-pin power connector instead of 8-pin (with 6-pin to 8-pin adapter).
Thanks for everyone who helped to get this case solved!