Originally Posted by slyfox2151
yes thats true.. but he was running more then 1 card.
is the slot/card not designed to stop it from sending more then 75watts through it?
Not really, it will attempt to send as much as is demanded of it.
Originally Posted by qubit
Thanks NT - that's quite a nasty burn on that connector there.
But my point is that wouldn't the card limit its power draw to stay within that limit and pull the rest from it's power connectors? That would prevent any damage to the mobo and stay PCI-E standards compliant. I don't know if it would, which is why I'm throwing the question out to the community.
That is pretty much the idea behind this limit. The PCI-E slot provides 75w, a 6-pin PCI-E power connector provies 75w, and an 8-pin PCI-E power connector provides 150w. That is 300w. So once you go over that, it doesn't matter if the power is coming from the PCI-E power connectors or the motherboard's PCI-E slot, you are overloading something somewhere, and you aren't PCI-E standards compliant.