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RTX 3090 Ti rumours point to PCIe 5.0 power connector and early 2022 launch

Recent rumours have claimed that Nvidia is working on multiple new RTX 30 series graphics cards. Apparently, we’re not only going to get Super series GPUs, but there may also be an RTX 3090 Ti on the way. According to reports, the RTX 3090 Ti may come with a new PCIe 5.0 connector, capable of delivering up to 600W of power. 

According to VideoCardz, new SKU names have been obtained by board partners, leading to the RTX 3090 Ti. For specs, it is expected that this GPU will have a 450W TDP, a new PCIe 5.0 connector and 24GB of GDDR6X memory clocked at 21Gbps. This 24GB of GDDR6X memory would come in as 12x 2GB modules, so it’s quite likely that the new GPU would also feature a new PCB.

Igor’s LAB did some additional investigation into the new PCIe 5.0 power connector, finding that this new connector will be based on a completely new High Power connector (H+) standard and should be featured in new graphics cards starting in 2022. The new 12V power connector will have 16x lanes, from which 12 are power lanes and the remaining 4 are signal lanes.

Each pin of the connector is rated for a maximum of 9.2A, so the connector should be capable of handling up to 55.2A at 12V, resulting in a maximum power output of 662.4W.

The RTX 3090 Ti is apparently coming in January 2022, alongside the long-rumoured RTX 3070 Ti with 16GB of GDDR6X memory and a new RTX 2060 SKU with 12GB of GDDR6 memory.

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KitGuru says: It seems Nvidia’s 12-pin power connector was short-lived, but it may have played a pivotal role in showing other manufacturers that a new power connector was needed. With the new standard, the era when you had to plug 3x 8-pin power connectors to power your GPU will be gone. Instead, you’ll just need one, just as long as GPUs don’t exceed 600W of power consumption.

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