Asus shows off the first RTX 4070 graphics card that doesn’t require power-connectors
At present, the GeForce RTX 4070 graphics cards sold in the market are typically equipped with a 16-pin 12VHPWR power interface, with some products employing a single or dual 8-pin power interface. While this card does not necessitate extensive power supply demands, the employment of a somewhat fragile 12VHPWR connector, especially when installed in a restricted space, might present inconveniences and potential hazards.
As per Wccftech‘s report, Asus unveiled its new GeForce RTX 4070 Megalodon graphics card, a mid-to-high-end product based on the Ada Lovelace architecture that eliminates the necessity for power cords. Boasting a concealed power finger that connects to a dedicated slot on the motherboard to supply power to the graphics card, this model circumvents the requirement for any power cord connection. It’s evident that this design does not conform to industry standards and necessitates cooperation with the motherboard for use. Although no indications presently suggest participation from other manufacturers, if this concept gains acceptance, it could conceivably evolve into an open standard.
As the largest board card manufacturer on the market, Asus’ ambition to drive such a design and transform it into an industry-standard necessitates more compelling content. Given Nvidia’s recent introduction of the 12VHPWR connector across the GeForce RTX 40 series, interest in such power supply designs seems marginal.
Should Asus opt to implement this design on a massive scale within its product line, and provided it proves capable of addressing numerous extant assembly issues, such as power cord management or broader GPU support, it could potentially uphold the continuation of the GeForce RTX 4070 Megalodon graphics card design.