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Split / Combined rail

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Mortah, 7 Jun 2006.

  1. Mortah


    Joined: 17 Apr 2006

    Posts: 139

    I'm not really sure what mode I should be running my Tagan 530W PSU in... split or combined rail. Not even sure what the difference is :( Anyone fancy giving me a quick primer / suggesting which is best?

    X2 3800+
    Single ATI X1800GTO
    250Gb WD HDD
    2GB G-Skillz Ram
    2 Akasa 120mm Fans
  2. semi-pro waster

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    Joined: 27 Sep 2004

    Posts: 25,829

    Location: Glasgow

    I'd probably set it to combined rail but the Tagan is supposed to combine the rails anyway if one is taking too much power on its own. I doubt it will matter much for your system although it tends to become more important for dual graphics card set-ups.
  3. utherpendragon


    Joined: 4 May 2006

    Posts: 508

    it shouldn't make a difference unless you're using an sli/crossfire system but a single rail is generally better on intels whilst duals are better for amd iirc, although for what you're running you shouldn't be concerned about it.