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I am attempting to install a GeForce GTX 970 graphics card in our Dell PowerEdge T410 server for the purpose of rendering 3D graphics. After inserting the graphics card into the PCI-E slot it became apparent that this server does not have the cables necessary to power the card.

What would I need to power the card? Would this SATA Power to 6-pin connector do it? SATA to 6 pin

If so, then I would need two of those (4 SATA power connectors). I only have two free connectors (the rest are connected to hard drives). Can I use a couple SATA Power Splitters to create the necessary inputs? SATA Power Splitter

If not, is there some sort of independent power unit that we can buy to power the card? Perhaps one of the redundant modular PSUs can be replaced with a PSU that provides the necessary power connections?

Dell PowerEdge T410 with GTX 970

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I ended up trying my first (and cheapest) idea for powering the card. To my surprise it worked without a hitch! To summarize, I successfully powered the EVGA GeForce GTX 970 using:

                 (INPUT)
         PSU
          |
          V 
       2x SATA Power Cable
          |      
          V
       Splitter  (1x SATA => 2x SATA)
          |
          V
       4x SATA Power Cable
          |
          V
       SATA to 6-pin converter (2x SATA => 1x 6-pin)
          |
          V
       2x 6-pin
          |
          V
       GeForce GTX 970
                    (OUTPUT)
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  • You could get away without the splitter if you only plug-in one of the sata to 6pin each. Not using 4 sata outputs is a bit risky in both scenarios, – eckes Dec 10 '17 at 19:42

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