Get ready to buy aftermarket adapters, modular cables or upgrade your PSU
Nvdia rtx 3000 series power connector might make us change our PSU purchase or rely on aftermarket solutions.
Nvidia’s new RTX 3000 series lineup is going to radically change the way we look at 4K gaming. Both from the performance stand point and power.
It is rumoured that Nvidia RTX 3000 series will not only upgrade the board design & cooling system, but also the power connector on the card.
Currently, we have been using 6 pin and 8 pin power connector cables from the PSU to power our graphics card but that’s about to change.
Nvidia RTX 3000 series is said to have a 12-pin power connector with an additional 4-pin power connector.
Nvidia has stated that RTX 3090 can consume power as high as 230 Watt, which is the top-end graphics card in RTX 3000 series.
Currently leaked RTX 3000 series lineup:
- Nvidia RTX 3090
- Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti / 3080
- Nvidia RTX 3070
- Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti / 3060
With a 12-pin power connector, they can provide about 600 watts of power, thereby giving more headroom for overclocking.
At first look, the power connector looks like it has two 6-pin connectors jammed together for an 8.5A current rather than 6A.
However, the concern is regarding the design of that 12-pin power connector. Igor’s Lab has gone deeper into the cable gauges and found out that it is not possible to just use our current 2×6-pin cable with the new 12-pin connector.
The design change is regarding an angled last pin, which makes sure that tradition 6 pin and 8 pin cables don’t work.
A word of advice: Don’t try to create a makeshift 12-pin cable using 8 pin + EPS 4 pin, you’ll harm the graphics board, PSU & the motherboard.
What options do gamers have?
Gamers will need to wait for aftermarket adapters, 2×8-pin to 12-pin modular cables & entirely new PSUs with 12-pin cable.
Currently, those will be our only option. As tedious or infuriating the transition might seem. We should look at it in a different way.
12-pin power connector will become the new standard & more power cards can be connected via single cable.
There will be lesser chances of heating or abnormal thermal draw. So, in the end, the endgame will be ‘making way for the future of graphical fidelity’.
Please do let us know in the comment section below about your views on this transition.
If you have been waiting to build your gaming pc from scratch then may be hold off the purchase of PSU at this moment. It won’t take the manufacturers long to assimilate 12-pin connector cable in their upcoming PSUs.
Then you won’t have buy adapters or modular cables down the road.