Introducing NVIDIA’s RTX 30-series graphics cards allowed us to confirm that Founders Edition models will require a 12-pin cable. This represents a major change from the traditional standard which, as we know, revolves around 6-pin and 8-pin power connectors.
We knew this transition was not going to be a problem, as major PSU manufacturers are releasing specific adapters for their products, and we also expect a flood of generic (white label) adapters. However, I recommend that you be very careful if you are going to use this type of adapter, since to support a 12-pin power connector it is necessary that it meets a minimum of quality, and that the power supply has reasonable power.
NVIDIA has also confirmed that the RTX 30 Founders Edition will come with an adapter, but these types of solutions they can end up giving problems and affect the aesthetics of any configuration. Corsair has seen that reality from the first moment, and for this reason it has announced that it is working on a 12-pin cable that will connect directly to the power supply.
How does the Corsair 12-pin cable work? Will I have to change my power source?
Its operation is very simple. We just have to connect the 12-pin cable directly to our source and to the graphics card, as we would with a standard connector equipped with fewer pins. In this case the peculiarity is that the base of the cable has two 8-pin connectors, which are the ones that connect to the source, and a 12-pin connector, which is the one that goes to the graphics card.
It is not much of a mystery, but we must bear in mind that the 12-pin cable is capable of supplying a greater amount of power, and that is why Corsair recommends having a power supply of at least 850 watts of power. Before someone tells me that it seems exaggerated, let me remind you that through said connector they can be supplied up to 600 watts of power.
It goes without saying that the new 30 series RTXs don’t need as much power, but they may present specific consumption peaks in which a lower power source ends up having stability problems, so it is understandable that Corsair has chosen to offer values that it considers totally safe instead of adjusting them and taking unnecessary risks. Other greats in the industry, like Seasonic, have also recommended power supplies of at least 850 watts.
Corsair’s new 12-pin cable will allow us to continue leveraging our high performance modular power supply, and without having to make sacrifices in terms of security, cable management and aesthetics of our configuration. We do not know when it will be available, but its launch should occur within the next few weeks.