Anyone who deals with the world of PCs and their assembly has always had to grapple with the hurdle presented by a multitude of cables that must be connected in order for all components to function.
In the world of graphics cards we have recently witnessed the arrival of the 12VHPWR connector, capable of managing up to 600W through a single cable, representing a solution to simplify powering the most powerful GPUs for which it was often necessary three Use 8-pin cable.
In this transitional period, when many do not have an ATX 3.0 power supply with this connector, the use of an adapter is required, which ruins the overall look of the assembly. At some point in the future, will I arrive with fewer cables or no cables at all? Many manufacturers are working on it and too At ASUS, they are conducting some experiments.
The Taiwanese house at Computex 2023 showed the GeForce RTX 4070 Megalodona graphics card of the latest generation No external cables or adapters are required for operation. As can be seen in the photos, the graphics card offers a connector (renamed GC_HPWR for now) next to the PCI Express slot from which it draws what it needs for its own functioning.
The presence of this slot connector for power It requires connection to a special motherboard, on which there is a slot for insertion.
Actually, There is a 12VHPWR connector: it is behind the motherboard (TUF Gaming Z790 BTF), along with three 8-pin connectors as a possible alternative. In short, the graphics card yes without connections, but these were simply transferred to the mainboard. Hence the problem of the case as the motherboard design may not be suitable for many of today’s designs.
This idea from ASUS, whether you like it or not, It is not an industry standard and as such is currently considered a simple proprietary concept: If ASUS were to launch it (and it seems ready to), it would be the only one, unless it knocks on the door of the entire industry and finds support for this idea.