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What is the Separation of SATA Connectors on Corsair PSUs


TraceyW
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Hi

I am looking into how I can upgrade my PC but to do so I need to know something about the cables Corsair distribute with their power supplies.

Some months ago I updated my husbands PC and in doing so I changed the power supply (a Corsair CX650M) for a Corsair RM650 (we thought the CX650M had died) but had trouble trying to connect the SATA cables to the SSDs. This was because of the way the SSDs were mounted on the case I was using (a Corsair Carbide 275R). The problem was that the SATA connectors were mounted on the cable with no more than 100mm separation and I needed around 140mm, preferably a bit more. As a result I had to move them to an alternative position but it was still a bit of a struggle. Nevertheless I managed.

As a result of the above I am being very careful in what I do for my own PC. So my question is: does Corsair have cables where the separation of the SATA cables is in the region of 140mm to 150mm? Or should I find another power supply maker who DOES give us the separation needed to fit the SATA connectors to SSDs?

I would appreciate it if anyone could help in this matter as I guess that it is likely to affect all of us in due course unless they give us more separation between SATA connectors.

Tracey

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it's a tough call, those cables were probably originally designed for drives mounted in drive trays, where 100mm is plenty, but with those backplate mounted SSDs, you have to get creative to power them.

Personally i wouldn't sweat it and just use SATA extensions off amazon. you can get them for cheap and they will solve the problem quickly with plenty of slack.

I'm not sure you'll find massively different spacing with other manufacturers. The cables are honestly pretty similar everywhere, and well.. a complete modular PSU is a tad more expensive than two extensions.

Now that people move away from SATA altogether for drives, i don't see them changing the cable design anytime soon.

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Hi LeDoyen

Many thanks for your response and I quite see what you mean and I do have a few extensions here that would do the job. But a quick question if I may. If people are moving away from SATA what the hell are they using? I've not heard of any new protocol coming onto the market, at least not that I recall. So what storage are they using???

Tracey

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NVMe drives, straight on the motherboard 🙂

they take no space, no cables and are connected straight to the PCI express lines, with no SATA bottleneck (hence the crazy speeds)

most motherboards today have at least one, if not two NVME sockets (some expensive ones have 3). since most people use one or two drives at most, it's all we need. I have actually disabled the SATA controllers in my computer just because of that. no cable clutter too, which is a plus.

If the motherboard doesn't have enough sockets there's also third party PCIE cards where you can mount several NVME drives..

SATA is cheaper though, and of course, for mass storage, you have to use SATA for the bigger spinning hard drives, so.. the choice depends on what you use your computer for.

 

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