Sunday, January 2nd 2022

EVGA RTX 3090 Ti KINGPIN to Require Dual 12-pin Connectors, 975W Capability

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti is real, and coming to gamers miners within Q1 2022. The new SKU maxes out NVIDIA's largest silicon based on the GeForce "Ampere" graphics architecture, the GA102, and pairs it with even faster 21 Gbps GDDR6X memory; but these changes come at a significant impact on power, with the typical board power for a stock RTX 3090 Ti reportedly being rated at 450 W, compared to the 350 W value of the RTX 3090. For enthusiast-class custom-design boards such as the EVGA KINGPIN, this only means even more elaborate setups, as QuasarZone forums found out.

While the current RTX 3090 KINGPIN comes with three 8-pin PCIe power connectors, a configuration capable of delivering up to 525 W (including the PCIe slot), the new RTX 3090 Ti KINGPIN ropes in the small but mighty 12-pin Molex MicroFit 3.0 connector, and comes with not one, but two of them! NVIDIA debuted the 12-pin connector in the consumer space with its RTX 30-series Founders Edition graphics cards. The connector is capable of delivering 450 W of power. With two of these on the RTX 3090 Ti, you're looking at a maximum power input capability of 975 W! It's only now, that PSUs are shipping with 12-pin cables, and even the high-Wattage ones we've come across, only pack one such connector. The EVGA card could hence include several dual- or triple-8-pin to 12-pin adapter cables. Pictured below is the RTX 3090 KINGPIN.
There are other interesting bits of information from the QuasarZone leak. Apparently the PCB will be significantly different from that of the RTX 3090 KINGPIN, and current EVGA HydroCopper water-blocks won't be compatible with it. As of late-December, the card's development cycle had just completed PCB design, and the company is reportedly tuning its BIOS to find the right factory-overclock to ship the card with, which should undergo rigorous testing for stability. QuasarZone expects retail availability only after March 2022.
Sources: QuasarZone Forums, HXL (Twitter), VideoCardz
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59 Comments on EVGA RTX 3090 Ti KINGPIN to Require Dual 12-pin Connectors, 975W Capability

#1
Crackong
WoW
More exploding power supplies to be discovered with the 3090 Kingpin !
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#3
Tomorrow
Considering Kingpin models usually run under LN2 then cooling even 975W should not be a problem. And if someone is running theirs on air with over 600W power draw they're obviously not the target for that card. If you have the funds to buy this card then it is assumed you also have the funds to use it under LN2 for record breaking or at the very least custom loop with fullcover waterblock for 24/7 use.

That being said im worried about where we are headed in terms of power draw. Before there were years where 250W was the limit for high end cards. Now it seems every new card consumes more and more power. The new 12pin connector only makes this worse. It seems in order to keep the performance crown Nvidia seems to have thrown efficiency out the window.

They better be careful that 40 series does not reapeat the mess that was GTX 480 also known as Thermi or Jensen's Grill.
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#4
Mussels
Freshwater Moderator
Global warming edition
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#5
Caring1
Can I run this on my 500W PSU? :roll:
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#6
R-T-B
Kingpin models aren't selling to anyone with a weak PSU, I can promise you that.
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#7
Hyderz
MusselsGlobal warming edition
was gonna say chernobyl edition :P
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#8
looniam
guess evga is having a hard time selling their (proprietary T/P/G 2.3,5,6) 12 pin connectors. :roll:
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#9
AlwaysHope
I sometimes think when I got my 750w PSU couple months back, it is too little....
Can see this trend for ever increasing power requirements with high(ish) end gpus is not going away.
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#10
watzupken
I wonder even with this much power at its disposal, how far can one overclock it. And to be honest, I don't even know if that AIO is even sufficient for the card anymore. They might as well sell the card with no cooler and let people fit their own extreme cooling solution on it.
MusselsGlobal warming edition
I think it is suitable to call it Global Melting edition.
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#11
ixi
Caring1Can I run this on my 500W PSU? :roll:
Of course, without triple A games. Old games and browser games - game on.
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#12
Guwapo77
I've been future proofing (I hate that term...anyways) for this day to come for my past two builds using 1500w PSUs. Now that the time has arrived, they use a whole different plug...makes sense, but still. /sigh I wonder if AMD's next top card will use a new plug as well.
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#13
Mussels
Freshwater Moderator
Caring1Can I run this on my 500W PSU? :roll:
No you need a Gigaboom 750W
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#15
Chomiq
R-T-BKingpin models aren't selling to anyone with a weak PSU, I can promise you that.
Yup, they're intended for extreme OC. At that point you're already using 2 kW PSU or two separate units. No one in their right mind uses them for gaming.
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#16
Jism
Its just to easen out the current requirements of when you do go above 600W.

Does'nt mean it's capable of actually consuming 975 watts.

You can easily pass the 150W on a given 8 pin PCI-E cable as well. These wires (if proper) are designed up to 12A per yellow wire. So for a 8 pin your looking at 36Amps in total, which is around 430 W.
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#17
AusWolf
"NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti is real, and coming to gamers miners" - @btarunr - Huge thumbs up for the honesty! :D
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#18
blanarahul
TomorrowThat being said im worried about where we are headed in terms of power draw. Before there were years where 250W was the limit for high end cards. Now it seems every new card consumes more and more power. The new 12pin connector only makes this worse. It seems in order to keep the performance crown Nvidia seems to have thrown efficiency out the window.
Power consumption will scale even higher when we get multi chip graphics cards. Remember the dual GPU cards of yore? Really fast, really high power consumption.



That's what we are moving towards. See the latest AMD workstation GPU with 500 watt TDP : www.techpowerup.com/gpu-specs/radeon-instinct-mi250.c3847
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#19
Tigger
I'm the only one
Jesus 975w holy moly
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#20
AusWolf
TiggerJesus 975w holy moly
Even now that SLi and CrossFire are dead, manufacturers still have to sell 1200 W power supplies somehow. EVGA is making sure that they can.

Though personally, I don't think the card will consume that much under any circumstance. It's more of a way to make sure the card is never power limited than anything else.
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#21
Rob94hawk
Finally enough power to play Zork.

In hell.

Cause that's how hot the room is going to be at idle.
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#22
Tigger
I'm the only one
Rob94hawkFinally enough power to play Zork.

In hell.

Cause that's how hot the room is going to be at idle.
Well it is certainly a room heater. Near 1kw is gonna warm the room nicely when gaming.
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#23
TheDeeGee
After 5 years it will be e-waste because the AIO is EOL.
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#24
Lycanwolfen
Remember when Nvidia said they were going to make video cards with less power. There goal was to make them use less power but have more power output in graphics. Funny how that is not the case now. Also I see now SLI is totally dead as motherboards are not comming with two PCI-E slots. It's sad too. I make make none SLI supported games run SLI no problem. You do it in the driver not the game itself.
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#25
AusWolf
LycanwolfenRemember when Nvidia said they were going to make video cards with less power. There goal was to make them use less power but have more power output in graphics. Funny how that is not the case now. Also I see now SLI is totally dead as motherboards are not comming with two PCI-E slots. It's sad too. I make make none SLI supported games run SLI no problem. You do it in the driver not the game itself.
I've never been a fan of multi-GPU setups, so I'm not sad to see them go, but I agree with the part about less power. It's disappointing to see nearly zero efficiency gains since Pascal. I guess nvidia thinks people have kW+ power supplies laying around from their old SLi setups, so they can't be asked to spend on efficiency-related R&D. As for me, I thought my 550 W Seasonic Prime Ultra Platinum would be OK for any single GPU setup until the end of times. Shame that I was wrong.
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