NVIDIA has harassed utilizing the latest PCIe 5.0 expertise, particularly on the subject of their Ampere line of graphics playing cards. What’s fascinating is that the ability cable system that they’ve been utilizing is an identical to the next-gen PCIe 5.0 energy cables, as a result of similar utilization of the Molex Micro-Match 3.0 mannequin designs.
Is it attainable that NVIDIA was strategizing for PCI-Categorical Gen5 compatibility this complete time?
The ability connection for the PCIe 5.0 has a ranking of as excessive as 9A and ranges of 12V, which, when calculated, the “most theoretical present” is at 648W. Igor Wallossek of Igor’s LAB proposed that the PCI-Categorical Gen5 connector (12VHPWR H+) will present upwards of 9.2A, or 662W, although it’s at the moment rated to solely 600W.
What does all this imply for the graphics playing cards? The hassle for sockets and plugs might be decreased enormously. Sooner or later, a single, standardized plug will suffice for all playing cards right here, so long as they want a further provide connection and don’t exceed an influence consumption of 600 watts. It would considerably simplify the board structure and mechanical design, and this step can be lengthy overdue. NVIDIA is the primary to maneuver ahead right here and can most likely additionally push by means of the specs for PCIe 5.0. Nonetheless, it’s nonetheless unclear whether or not the rumored RTX 3090 Ti may also help PCIe 5.0 on the info connector.
— Igor Wallossek
ASUS’s not too long ago introduced ROG Thor 1000W Platinum II energy provide was not too long ago reviewed by Eteknix, who has introduced the primary true photographs of the ability provide cables. The ASUS Thor 1000W Platinum II energy provide has two connectors on one aspect, each with 8-pins solely. The corporate doesn’t present a separate modular connection for the latest 12-pin cabling. The editors of Eteknix do be aware that they “are conscious that there was some confusion relating to this put up and the chance that the cable itself is an Nvidia Founders Version cable (such because the one used on the 3080). Having spoken with ASUS, nevertheless, they appear to nonetheless affirm that it is a Gen5 PCIe cable.”
It’s speculated that there’ll now be 675W of most energy consumption produced by a GPU linked to the PCIe 5.0 slot utilizing a appropriate 12-pin energy connection. If that’s true, a complete of a 1275W connection is possible by utilizing two 12-pin energy cables.