Some of Nvidia’s upcoming GeForce RTX 4070 GPUs are slated to come with a 16-pin power connector, as noted by Igor Wallossek, citing reliable sources.
Though we’ve seen significant issues in the RTX 4090 cards using a 16-pin connector, Nvidia continues to use them for the rest of the line-up – hopefully with some changes to avoid the previously noted issues. The source has also confirmed that RTX 4060 and its Ti version have an 8-pin connector.
16-Pin Power Connectors For Nvidia GPUs
As futuristic services become more resource-demanding, users expect more powerful GPUs to suffice this need. In this pursuit, GPU OEMs are making ultra-powerful cards that consume a lot of energy – to produce the extreme services the community need.
Nvidia’s line-up of RTX 40 series is one among them – that needs a lot of energy to work. In this pursuit, the company has launched its high-end RTX 4090 GPU with a 16-pin connector for extensive power consumption – although it resulted in havoc initially. Yet, the green team continues to follow the same suit for its upcoming RTX 4070 GPUs, too, as noted by Igor Wallossek.
In his report, Wallossek notes that the premium or factory-overclocked RTX 4070 (225W TBP) models will likely have one 16-pin power connector or two standard 8-pin PCIe power connectors. And the second class of standard RTX 4070 (200W TBP) will have a standard 8-pin connector.
The 16-pin connector has created enough havoc on the higher graphic cards – like the RTX 4090, making us think that Nvidia would eventually disown this power arrangement system. But the company is continuing to pursue this method for the upcoming RTX 4070 too, which is intriguing.
Though understandably, higher graphic cards like the RTX 4090 or even the RTX 4070 Ti consume more power – they need something like the 16-pin PCIe connector; it’s useless for inferior cards like the standard RTX 4070 GPU.
AMD was reluctant to use a 16-pin connector for any of its GPUs – even in its latest Radeon RX 7000-series (RDNA 3) graphics cards. But we expect the red team to embrace this power arrangement eventually, considering that GPUs are getting more power-hungry over time – rather than getting more power efficient.