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In the constant tug-of-war between Nvidia and AMD in the GPU market, there is always a new “best of the best” on the horizon. Specifically, the reference card designs for the next-generation AMD RX 7000 RDNA 3 GPUs have leaked online.

Twitter user HXL shows two separate card designs, one of which has “R” branding, which means it is a Radeon. Even so, both look to have the same design, including axial fans. Importantly, the new yet-to-be-announced GPUs will have a dual 8-pin connector.

Yes, this is the same power connector that AMD currently used on the RX 6000 series. It will also be on the new RX 7000 Radeon. This dual-pin connector has been confirmed by SVP and GM of AMD Radeon, Scott Herkelman.

The power connector for the AMD RX 7000 RDNA 3 will max power at 375W, less than the 450W power limit of the RTX 4090.

Power Connector Spotlight

However, if you have been following recent GPU-related news you will know this is important. The reason the power connector is currently an important topic is that Nvidia’s RTX 4090 power connector is burning and even catching fire to power cables.

The RTX 4090 is the newest flagship consumer GPU from Nvidia and requires a huge amount of power. It draws a maximum of 450W but an overclocked version may go up to 500W. If the PC owner wants to overclock the 4090 manually, it can draw up to 600W or higher. All that power passes through a single connection.

Users are reporting burning even at 400W and Nvidia is currently investigating the issue. AMD is apparently looking to completely avoid such issues with a more stable and tested power connector, alongside a less power-capable GPU.

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