ASUS will start mass production of the GeForce RTX 4070

ASUS will start mass production of the GeForce RTX 4070 without power connections in the fall

ASUS presents at the Bilibili World 2023 in Shanghai reported, which will begin mass production of GeForce RTX 4070 non-powered graphics cards in the fall. The manufacturer showed this graphics card at Computex 2023 in May.

    Image source: EIXA Studio

Image source: EIXA Studio

A few months ago, ASUS introduced the concept of the GeForce RTX 4070 graphics card without the usual 8 or 12+4 pin power connectors. Instead, the accelerator has a special connector for additional power supply next to the PCIe x16 slot, so the new product requires non-standard motherboards. The graphics card itself has a thickness of 2.3 slots and has a cooling system with three fans. The manufacturer has not finally decided on the name of the novelty, but said that it will be produced in both black and white colors.

The graphics card is powered by a standard PCIe 4.0 x 16 connector, plus an additional connector that plugs into a dedicated motherboard slot labeled GC_HPWR, capable of delivering up to 600W of power without the use of external cables.

Power is in turn supplied via a 12+4 pin 12VHPWR connector located on the back of the motherboard itself to a dedicated motherboard slot.

To demonstrate the GeForce RTX 4070 without power connections, ASUS used a special Z790 TUF gaming board at Computex 2023, which has all power connections on the back. At the Bilibili World 2023 exhibition, which is currently being held in Shanghai, the manufacturer introduced the TX Gaming B760-BTF WIFI motherboard (pictured below). It is also equipped with a proprietary graphics card slot.

As ASUS plans to start mass-producing components with a new power connection scheme in the fall, they are unlikely to go on sale until winter or early next year. The company also confirmed that the cost of such components will be higher than traditional components due to the complexity of their manufacture.

Whether consumers are willing to overpay for proprietary technologies and a feature that simplifies the routing of power cables in the system unit, but at the same time brings no performance benefit, is in question. It is possible that ASUS will initially release a limited amount of such components to gauge the market reaction.

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