For a while now I have been wondering: "what would happen if I removed the 6 pin auxiliary power from my graphics card, while the computer is powered on?" This may sound ridiculous, but I have been asked this a few times and there seem to be no answers about it on the internet. So, my plan is to purchase a used graphics card from cheap on eBay and put it in one of my old Dell Optiplexs. I have conducted similar experiments before and they have not to lead to permanent system failure, however, I am not convinced the Quadro I have ordered will survive this experiment. I will not be using cutting edge technology for this, it will literally be an old Quadro from 2008 which came from a dell precision. 3 experiments will take place: unplug while on - power off the machine. unplug, and plug back in, while the machine is on if it stays on. power on the machine without the plug and put it in while it is on. so what do you guys think will happen? will the graphics card live to tell the tale? will it go pop? will it simply not output anything? will it be repairable?