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Nvidia confirms its 12-pin power connector for Ampere series Founders Edition GPUs

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Seasonic confirms Nvidia's 12-pin Micro-Fit 3.0 Power Connector

Nvidia confirms its 12-pin power connector for Ampere series Founders Edition GPUs

Earlier today, Nvidia revealed its new 12-pin power connector, a radical new design which allows the company to supply its graphics cards with more power over a smaller connector. This reveal was part of a wider overview of Nvidia's planned RTX Founder Edition cooler redesigns

Images of a 12-pin PSU adapter from Seasonic released a few days ago through HardwareLuxx, revealing that two 8-pin power connectors could be adapted into a single 12-pin power connector. This means that users of Nvidia's upcoming RTX 30 Series Founders Edition products will not need a new power supply to utilise the company's latest graphics cards. 

Nvidia has confirmed that they will supply 12-pin power adaptors to enable compatibility with existing power supplies. Nvidia has confirmed that their 12-pin power connector is their invention, making it unclear whether or not PSU makers or other graphics card manufacturers will adopt this connection as a new industry standard. 

Strangely, Nvidia has pictured this new power connector in a vertical orientation at a 45-degree angle. At this time it is unclear whether or not this cable orientation will be seen in Nvidia's future RTX 30 series products, or if this image is a mock-up. We will learn more when Nvidia reveals its next-generation products next week. 

 

Nvidia confirms its 12-pin power connector for Ampere series Founders Edition GPUs  

Cable Management Woes

One concern surrounding Nvidia's new 12-pin power connector is the prospect of using 12-pin to 8-pin power adaptors, as they will inhibit cable management for many PC enthusiasts. Users of braided PSU cables are unlikely to be able to purchase braided adapters, and creating custom braided adapters with such a tiny connector will prove challenging for members of the modding community. 

The introduction of a new type of PSU connector will prove troublesome for many aesthetics-focused PC enthusiasts. That said, it is likely that some of Nvidia's AIB partners will continue to utilise 8-pin and 6-pin PCIe power connectors within their custom RTX 30 series products. 

In time, power supplies with 12-pin PCIe power may become commonplace, especially if Nvidia's 12-pin power connector becomes a broader industry standard.

You can join the discussion on Nvidia's 12-pin GPU power connector on the OC3D Forums.   

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26-08-2020, 11:15:42

MiNo
While I love my FPS i really wish we would see lower power usage. For one, it’s not cool (!) to game with 600+ watts being used and secondly it’s just not that elegant to deliver more performance though increase in power and size. The rest of the world seems to have understood this but not here. It’s like the musclecars of the 70’s : Vulgar large engines that ate up gas at an alarming rate without offering a performance to match. At least the V8’s sounded great :-)Quote

26-08-2020, 11:21:52

AlienALX
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Originally Posted by MiNo View Post
While I love my FPS i really wish we would see lower power usage. For one, it’s not cool (!) to game with 600+ watts being used and secondly it’s just not that elegant to deliver more performance though increase in power and size. The rest of the world seems to have understood this but not here. It’s like the musclecars of the 70’s : Vulgar large engines that ate up gas at an alarming rate without offering a performance to match. At least the V8’s sounded great :-)
The power argument has been dropped long ago mate.

It was used as a weapon by both companies (AMD and Nvidia) yet both of them have proved themselves to be utter hypocrites, showing they really don't care and it was all about marketing.

The bottom line? as long as GPUs are fast no one cares if they are hot and loud and guzzle power. See also Fermi, The Radeon 290, 390, Fury X, Vega......

This is a new era in GPUs. We are back to big dies, and that means that at first they are not going to be terribly power efficient.Quote

26-08-2020, 11:34:51

KingNosser
I don't care about power but I do care about temps so long as any cooler does the job it don't matter to me, but i always prefer AIB cards myself.

Only a few days to go and we'll know a lot more than all the reports atm, but judging by that cooler video that sept 1st event is going to be a real yawn fest Quote

26-08-2020, 11:44:24

tgrech
There are usually very power efficient SKUs of most popular GPUs if that's what you're looking for, particularly with the mini ones, or you can do it yourself if you like and often gain whopping efficiency gains with minimal performance lost with underclocking/volting most modern GPUs, comes down more to stock/factory tuning and the expected priorities of most gamers than architectural design, at the end of the day all these architectures work just fine and with amazing efficiency in tuned laptop SKUs.

But at the end of the day, if people are buying giant cases and 1000W+ PSUs, there's no point not making use of it I guess, at least for an extreme model like this.Quote

26-08-2020, 20:27:14

Kleptobot
Interesting that the 12Pin header pictured in the render is not listed in Molex's catalogue. A company as large as Nvidia is large enough to commission custom stuff but it's much cheaper to order off the catalogue. The orientation of the connector is odd too, the footprint would look quite strange as the connections would stretch out behind it.

That connector is about 19mm tall so the card will be at least that thickQuote
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