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The Battle of Power Connectors: Nvidia's Fiery Gamble

Ladies and gentlemen, brace yourselves for the impending launch of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 50 series, where the battle for graphics supremacy will igni...

Hirun Cryer Feb 22, 2024
The Battle of Power Connectors: Nvidia's Fiery Gamble


Ladies and gentlemen, brace yourselves for the impending launch of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 50 series, where the battle for graphics supremacy will ignite once again. As we draw closer to this epic event, whispers from the secretive labs are leaking details about the design of these powerful beasts. And it seems that Nvidia, the green team known for pushing boundaries, is considering a controversial move: continuing the use of a feature that first appeared on their GeForce RTX 40 series. Oh, the drama! While Nvidia exudes confidence in this decision, it appears that their rivals, like AMD, aren't quite convinced.

Let the clash between Nvidia and AMD for the title of best graphics card continue! Both companies have recently bolstered their current generation lineups, but behind the scenes, successors are already in the works. And guess what? We might witness a showdown featuring two radically different power connector designs on the upcoming GeForce and Radeon GPUs. Exciting times, indeed!

According to the grapevine close to the notorious rumor monger Moore's Law Is Dead (MLID), Nvidia is locked in a heated debate on whether to enforce the use of the PCIe 6.0 12VHPWR connector for all RTX 50 series graphics cards. Yes, my friends, that's the same cable and port combo that had a knack for melting. Talk about living on the edge!

Nvidia has already embraced this connector type for their Founders Edition cards, even for the relatively tame RTX 4060 Ti with a TDP of 160W. However, their add-in board (AIB) partners haven't been as consistent. You'll find plenty of examples where RTX 4060 and RTX 4070 wielders sport the traditional six or eight-pin ports. Oh, the audacity!

MLID suggests that Nvidia's motive for this mandate is all about cost savings. By standardizing the connector, they can streamline their supply chain, both in terms of card design and power adapter availability. However, this decision also leaves the door wide open for Nvidia to unleash high TDP cards if the looming threat of RDNA 4 from AMD becomes a reality. It's a gamble, my friends, a fiery gamble!

Speaking of AMD, MLID also tapped into their sources within the red team. And let me tell you, they are not exactly thrilled about this 12VHPWR connector. They consider it an "unnecessary new standard" and reveal that AMD had contemplated its use but ultimately decided against it. Even with the RDNA 3 graphics cards like the mighty RX 7900 XTX, the decision to steer clear of the connector "has not changed." Team red stands firm!

But wait, there's more! Intel, the silent observer in this power connector saga, seems to share a similar sentiment. A well-placed source whispered to MLID, "all Battlemage test boards I've seen have utilized 6-pins and/or 8-pins, and I've never heard a discussion to use 12VHPWR." Oh, the plot thickens!

It's highly unlikely that Nvidia will back down on their decision to implement the 12VHPWR connectors with the RTX 50 series. Brace yourselves, my friends, for this fiery choice is here to stay. However, the potential headache lies in the implementation across all AIB models, as those without the latest and greatest power supplies may find themselves in a bit of a pickle. Power up, or power down? The choice is yours!

For more sizzling details on what Nvidia has in store for Blackwell, dive into our comprehensive RTX 50 series guide. And hey, we've also got the latest rumors swirling around the enigmatic RTX 5090. The battle of power connectors and graphics supremacy awaits!

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