At the beginning of the year, ASUS exclusively sells the Chinese market Approved Graphics card model GeForce RTX 3060 Ti ATS Atlas Shark. Its main feature was being equipped with a 12-pin connector for additional power supply instead of the usual 8-pin. Recently, the manufacturer updated this graphics card model and equipped it with a standard 12+4-pin 12VHPWR connector.
Photos of the novelty with model number ATS-RTX3060Ti-O8GD6X-Gaming-V2 were shared by Chinese insider Extreme Player. The updated 12+4 pin 12VHPWR model has reportedly been shipping since April this year. Externally, the updated model is an exact copy of the original GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Atlas Shark. The card is equipped with a relatively compact two-slot cooling system that includes two fans.
The main difference between the novelty and the original version is the use of a 12+4 pin power connector instead of an 8 pin or 12 pin. The latter differs from the 12+4-pin connector in the absence of four additional signal lines. However, both connectors are backward compatible.
In both cases, it looks very strange and unjustified to equip a graphics card with a power consumption of 200 W with a connector capable of sending up to 600 W of power to the accelerator. Especially against the background of reports that if assembled incorrectly, it will melt under load. While this is unlikely to compromise such a card, it’s still a question of what the manufacturer took as a guide in this case.