After running the recent rumors through its contacts who formerly worked for Nvidia, popular site Gamers Nexus confirmed that the upcoming Ampere GPUs will come with a new 12-pin connector. Not all of them, though.
Nvidia’s new, larger connector, able to deliver up to a whopping 600W to the GPU, will probably show up on reference PCBs. They don’t expect it to hit retail, though, so, DIY enthusiasts will keep using two-cable combinations for the more power-hungry GPUs.
But, there’s an issue…
The problem is that the mere existence of a power connector designed to provide more power to the GPU is a hint towards the future. Why make such a connector in the first place if what we already have is more than enough?
In other words, even if it doesn’t “become a thing” with their upcoming Ampere GPUs, a 12-pin connector indicates that many people could also need a new PSU with their next GPU upgrade.
Just when you thought your brand new PSU would be the last thing you’d replace down the road.