PCI Express 5.0 graphics cards will have a new connector: up to 600W of power

Future PCIe 5.0 compatible graphics cards should soon be able to count on a new high-power connector, capable of delivering up to 600W of power on its own. We discover it this week in pictures.

The GeForce RTX 3090, Nvidia's current top-of-the-range, for illustration

The GeForce RTX 3090, current top of the range from Nvidia, for illustration // Source: Nvidia

Our graphics cards consume a lot and the trend is increasing. To support these new energy needs, the question of new supply ports is increasingly being asked. And while current standards are gradually becoming obsolete, the big names in the market are looking for solutions.

If the use of triple 8-pin connectors has been observed on both Nvidia and AMD cards, the real remedy would come from a brand new connector: the PCI Express 12VHPWR. Dedicated to graphics cards compatible with the PCIe 5.0 standard, the latter will be able to deliver no less than 600 W of energy on a single 16 pin port. It could be used for the first time on the future RTX 3090 Ti, expected for the beginning of next year with a massive TGP: 450 W.

A power connector destined to be democratized in 2022

This new connector designed specifically for the PCIe 5.0 standard would be able to provide continuous power of 55A through a 12V rail. What to deliver 600 W directly to the GPU. As shown in the images published by the specialized site Igor’s Labs, this connector looks a lot like the 12-pin Microfit port already used by Nvidia on its Founder’s Edition models, but with a space to accommodate 4 additional pins horizontally on the underside.

Source : Igor’s Labs

Source : Igor’s Labs

As a reminder, the PCIe 5.0 platform will logically spread during 2022. From next month, Intel should offer compatible motherboards. It would be followed by AMD soon after. It is also quite possible that the first ARC cards from Intel are directly compatible with this new standard, which should quickly pave the way for other models from Nvidia and AMD. The two brands must indeed launch next year new cards offering 2 to 3 times more performance than the current models … and as much to say that their consumption is likely to be revised upwards. The use of the PCIe 5.0 platform and the new 12 V connector should therefore become more democratic in the course of next year.

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