Nvidia teases new design and 12-pin connector for upcoming RTX 30 series GPUs

Nvidia is holding a GeForce Special Event on September 1 where it is expected to launch its RTX 30 series graphics cards. Details of the Ampere-based cards have leaked previously, including images, references of a new 12-pin connector, new cooling enhancements, and a design that occupies three PCIe slots.

Now, Nvidia has posted a video on YouTube detailing the efforts it has taken to improve cooling on its cards, where it also teases the new cooling design and the new 12-pin connector that it is building for its next-gen graphics cards. The video also ends with a shot of what appears to be the 30 series GPU – guessing from earlier leaked images.

The improvements detailed in the video suggest that the company is building the cards with higher mechanical strength, which they could benefit from considering that the leaked images hint at a larger chassis. The firm’s engineers also mention a new leaf-spring mechanism for the springs holding the thermal solution, which is “low profile enough” to allow for fitting a back cover as well. The GPUs could also debut a new PCB and fan design for better heat dissipation.

The 12-pin connector, on the other hand, was designed to be smaller than the dual 8-pin PCIe connectors, while also carrying more power, according to the firm. Some leaks suggest that the connector is rated for a power output of 850W or higher. The video also suggests that the new connector will be compatible with 5-pin cables using an included adapter. It will be interesting to see if the new connector is present on just the top of the line SKU or makes it to more models.

The RTX 30 series GPUs are expected to pack a punch in terms of specs, with leaks suggesting that the cards could sport up to 24GB of GDDR6X memory. With the 20 series graphics cards now being two years old, it will be interesting to see what the company offers with its next-gen offerings.

Source: Nvidia GeForce via The Verge

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