Using the sata connections is completely safe.
I’ve been reading through the threads where people are claiming its not safe, and honestly, it seems like they were not the safe part of the situation.
Most of these people that seem to be having problems are people who just didnt do it right.
They were using cards that have been known to draw more than the alloted 75w from a pci slot (not even a riser)
After they get these already bad cards, they then use a multi sata cable and run 2 or more risers off the same cable.
Then they try and push the cards as high/fast as they can go.
Yes we know there are limits to what can be drawn through the cable, and yes a molex > sata would be the “better” option, but if your not being stupid you’ll be fine.
Basic rules to follow:
- Only plug ONE riser in per cable
- Don’t try and push the cards as fast as they can go
I am currently running 6 cards in the rig i just looked at. 1x1060, 1x9080ti, 1x1080fe, 3x1080. The hottest cable i have is for the 980ti sitting at a whopping 74f. all my cards are running at 70%. no need to run more than that, after all were going for efficiency right?