Do you remember the issue of the fused connectors of the NVIDIA RTX 4090 that exploded at the end of 2022? Finally, the “culprit” of the problems had been identified in the 12VHPWR connector used by NVIDIA for its high-end video card. Now, however, it appears that Team Verde and the PCI-SIG are ready to retire the controversial connector.
Igor’s Labin fact, explains that the 12VHPWR connector will be replaced from the 12V-2×6 connector, a sort of revision of the first one designed to avoid problems of overheating and melting of the cables to which it has been connected. The new connector will become part of the ATX 3.1 and PCI Express 6.0 standard specifications.
To clarify, the 12V-2×6 connector will replace the “old” 12VHPWR, which will therefore be “retired” once and for all, with no possibility of being implemented in any new graphics card from NVIDIA, AMD or Intel. Fortunately, the new connector will be backwards compatible with 12VHPWR, which means that switching between them by “jumping” to a next-generation GPU it will not involve a change of power supply.
For the 12VHPWR connector, the maximum power was 600W, with 525W coming from the connector and another 75 from the expansion slot. The 12V-2×6 connector, on the other hand, reaches the beauty of 675W, or 600W from the connector plus another 75 from the expansion slot. In this way, the new connector should guarantee a bump to the performance of high-end GPUs of the next generation, considering that, in all likelihood, it will be implemented on the NVIDIA RTX 5000 arriving in 2024 or 2025.
In addition, the new connector will be able deliver power at 600W, 450W, 300W and 150W, and is designed to deliver 9.2 Amps for each pin. Finally, the H++ logo will allow you to easily recognize the new 12V-2×6 compared to the “old” 12VHPWR, which instead had the H+ mark.