ASUS showed the concept of the GeForce RTX 4070 without

ASUS showed the concept of the GeForce RTX 4070 without power connections

ASUS showed the concept of the GeForce RTX 4070 graphics card without the usual power connectors. The card is powered from a special slot, which requires the use of non-standard motherboards. ASUS promises that the corresponding products will go into series production.

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Before the opening of Computex, ASUS introduced the RTX 4070 Megalodon concept graphics card, the first high-end graphics product that does not require additional power cables. Instead, the graphics card features a hidden slot designed to transfer power to the GPU without the need for external cables. It’s arguably a more reliable and safer solution than the new 600W 12V plug, which became a hot topic last year due to numerous burn-in and melt-down incidents.

The graphics card itself has a thickness of 2.3 slots and is equipped with a three-fan cooling system. It is not included in any series of ASUS graphics cards such as ROG STRIX, TUF Gaming, Dual and is listed under the not-yet-final codename Megalodon.

The razor-sharp power connector added to the graphics card is just a concept. It is only implemented on a graphics card and only on a Z790 TUF series motherboard with power connectors moved to the rear, including two additional 8-pin 12V sockets that provide power to the graphics card.

So far, there is nothing to suggest that other companies will respond to the ASUS initiative and take part in turning this idea into reality. However, ASUS has promised that the shown motherboard and graphics card will be available at a later date.

Even though ASUS is the largest motherboard manufacturer, turning this idea into an industry standard would take a lot of effort. NVIDIA, which has just started using a new 12V power connector (up to 600W) on its GeForce RTX 40-series GPUs, probably won’t be interested in adopting new approaches to power systems. Nevertheless, the connector proposed by ASUS can solve many problems both in terms of power supply reliability and cable management, and, for example, provide additional support for modern graphics cards that are becoming heavier every year.


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