I thought this was really interesting:

http://www.upgradingandrepairingpcs.com/articles/upgrade3_01_01.asp

Apparently Dell uses non-standard ATX PSU's and mobo's? And they have for years now? And if you use a regular ATX PSU with a Dell mobo, or a Dell PSU with a standard ATX mobo... you risk frying one or both? Wild... Dell loses points in my book now since this is news to me.


Some of them use completely standard ones -- however, the ones I work on don't. That's because I deal only with hot-swap power supplies and multiple rendundancy power sleds ;)

One of the main sticking points here is that some of the pin-outs were changed to make it so the system didn't need the power supply on as much all the time. They split off a 4 pin plug for the P3s and the P4s to make sure the processor got what it needed all the time, thus allowing the PSU to not have to work that much harder to push out whatever power only the processor was drawing..

But, then, it is an intel system. There are a number of different Dell systems, and a lot of them are designed around spceific needs.


Y'know, I *swear* that was english but I don't understand a word of it... :) My poor aching brain.





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