AMD graphics cards will not use the 12VHPWR connector

AMD does not plan to use the 16-pin (12+4) 12VHPWR power connector to connect additional power. This applies to both Radeon RX 6000 series models and expected adapters based on graphics processors with RDNA 3 architecture. Scott Herkelman, SVP, and GM of AMD Radeon Group, reported this on Twitter.

This suggests that the manufacturer will rely on standard 8-pin PCI-E connectors, each of which can provide up to 150W of power. In turn, this means that top adapters with a consumption of more than 375 W will need three such connectors. It is expected that the new video cards of the Radeon RX 7000 series will be presented by AMD on November 3. Probably then all the structural details will be there.

We remind you that 12VHPWR is nominally designed for power up to 600 W, but there are already cases when the margin may not be enough, which leads to unpleasant consequences. However, so far, cases of “melting” connectors on GeForce RTX 4090 video cards are isolated and not of a mass nature. We continue to observe.