We are now officially just a week away until NVIDIA’s “Ultimate Countdown” timer reaches zero and as always, the GPU maker’s pipes are still springing leaks. Now, a recent leak is giving us a glimpse of NVIDIA’s supposedly new 12-pin PCIe connector for its GeForce RTX 30 Series Founders Edition graphics cards.
Based on the images and the report by Tweaktown, the new 12-pin PCIe Molex connector looks smaller than a single 8-pin PCIe port that current graphics cards use. By comparison, having a smaller, yet more powerful 12-pin PCIe connector not only redefines power delivery to a graphics card. But in NVIDIA’s case, it would also help in conserving space, especially given its allegedly unique dual-fan configuration.
NVIDIA 12-Pin PCIe Molex Micro-Fit 3.0 (above) vs 2x 8-Pin (below) pic.twitter.com/khwfyDgdt6
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Once again, we would like to remind you that the new 12-pin PCIe connector will only be applicable on NVIDIA’s Founders Edition cards and not on third-party cards. NVIDIA has said that future GeForce RTX 30 series cards made by its AiB partners will still maintain the use of the current 8-pin and 6-pin PCIe power connectors.
Getting back on point, you’re probably wondering which PSU brand and product will be supporting the new 12-pin PCIe connector and the answer to that question appears to be Seasonic. The discovery of the PSU also led to another revelation; the PSU maker suggested that in order to run NVIDIA’s soon to be released RTX 3090 Founders Edition, consumers are going to need a PSU with 850W or greater.
In order to make proper use of the 12-pin PCIe connector. It’s a pretty demanding prerequisite, given that the RTX 2080 Ti “technically” requires a 650W to run, and that’s negating any desire to overclock the card.
In any case, we’ll get the full and official scoop next week once NVIDIA’s timer reaches zero.