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    Default 6pin x2 or 6pin/8pin, What's the difference?

    I've decided to get a Sapphire R9 280 for my next gfx card. There are 2 I'm looking at, both are the same price, most of the time, but one has 2 6pin power connectors, the other has an 8pin/6pin. what's the difference, if any?

    SAPPHIRE DUAL-X 100373L Radeon R9 280 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card - Newegg.com

    SAPPHIRE DUAL-X 100373-2L Radeon R9 280 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card - Newegg.com

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    Default Re: 6pin x2 or 6pin/8pin, What's the difference?

    im not really sure so im gonna guess and say one has a reference pcb (2L) and the other one doesnt (3L). that was the case with my old sapphire 7950. Both looked exactly the same and same specs. mine was a 2L and the other was a 3L but my 2L had a reference pcb which meant i could add a waterblock for it.
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    Default Re: 6pin x2 or 6pin/8pin, What's the difference?

    Means it is a non reference custom board from Sapphire. The 6/8pin is used to add extra power and stability. Get the 6/8 model unless you plan on adding water blocks then you must go with the ref pcb.
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    Default Re: 6pin x2 or 6pin/8pin, What's the difference?

    mobo pcie x16 slot=75w
    pcie 6 pin=75w
    pcie 8 pin=150w
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    Default Re: 6pin x2 or 6pin/8pin, What's the difference?

    The design power for the 2 x 6 pin is therefore between 150 and 225 watts and for the 6 + 8 pin is from 225 to 300 watts
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