20th October 2002
Does the 5700LE require that it be connected to your power source? Some of the newer cards do, but I can find no info as to if this one does. Anyone know? Thanks.
Your best bet would be to call the place you intend on purchasing from and ask directly. I found 4 cards on Tiger Direct and of the four 1 required a direct connection to the power supply and 3 did not specify. Again, make a phone call, e-mail or do both. Spending good money on something your not sure about can cost you big headaches in return.
17th June 2002
I remember reading about the GeForce FX series before they were released, amazed at how powerful it must be if it needed its own power cable... so I think some GeForce FX cards do require them, although I don't know if it applies to all. I always skip a generation of cards, so I went straight from a GeForce 4 to a GeForce 6800, so I have no experience with the FX. I'll look around though... EDIT: I can't seem to find any writing that confirms it or not, but judging from pictures of the card that I found via a Google image search AND Overclockers.co.uk, I'd say it doesn't need its own power cable (no socket so far as I can see).
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I have a Geforce Fx5700 ultra and it has an extra power cable, so it is possible the 5700le does.
As long as you have AGP 8X, the 5700LE will not need an extra power cable.
If it does you normally get a splitter with it anyway.