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Which of these systems would be most likely to have an 8-pin EPS12V standard power connection?

A) Print server

B) Database server

C) Internet browsing workstation

D) Email kiosk

E) I’d use it for yet-another LED flashlight power source

The answer: B) Database server

The 8-pin EPS12V power connection was designed for symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) systems and multi-core systems. These motherboards had additional processing cycles and needed more power for the higher-end CPUs. These were similar to the 4-pin ATX12V standard, and some EPS12V motherboards simply used two four-pin connectors to maintain the backwards-compatibility.

Want to know more? Watch “PC Power Connectors.”

If you look closely at your computer’s power supply, you’ll see a myriad of different cables used to power the internals of your PC. In this video, you’ll learn about all of these connectors and how they can be used to power the motherboard and peripherals inside of your computer.