New 12VHPWR connector: be quiet! for power supply compatibility with RTX 4000


Ahead of the launch of the GeForce RTX 4000 generation, the new 12VHPWR connector on graphics cards is a hot topic. There are several options to establish backward compatibility with existing power supplies. be quiet! has now taken a position on this subject with ComputerBase.

New cables for existing power supplies

In October, the manufacturer would like to offer a 2×12 pin to 12VHPWR cable for connecting to its own power supplies in its own spare parts shop and in retail. The price should be in the range of 20 euros. In order to be able to supply a GeForce RTX 4090 with a TDP of 450 watts and, as a custom design, probably up to 600 watts, be quiet! a power supply unit from the “current portfolio” with an output power of at least 850 W. For the RTX 4080 (16 GB and 12 GB), the power should be at least 750 W. All of these power supplies should therefore be able to provide the required electrical power via two 12-pin PCIe connection terminals. To be explicitly excluded from be quiet! Power supplies from the Pure Power 11, Pure Power 11 CM and System Power 9 series.

With the product numbers EBN013 and EBN016, be quiet! A similar cable is already listed, but it is only suitable for operation with a Founders Edition of the GeForce RTX 3000 generation via the twelve pins. There will only be one version of the new cable with a dual-rail distribution (like the EBN016).

Dark Power 13 beginning of 2023 in view

With the Dark Power 13 and Dark Power Pro 13 power supplies, be quiet! also announced a new series that is said to be “already at an advanced stage of development”. The Dark Power models are set to be released in early 2023, while the “Pro” models will follow a little later. Both series come with the new 12VHPWR connector and meet the ATX 3.0 standard.

More details in separate article

Many essential details on the new 12VHPWR connector and how buyers of a graphics card equipped with it can connect which power supply to it can be found in the article 12VHPWR connector: Overloaded connector also possible without an adapter.