The hottest trend from Computex back in May was decreasing, or in some cases eliminating, visible cable connections in the interior of desktop PC builds. And at least one manufacturer is in it for the long haul. According to reports coming out of China this week, Asus is preparing to manufacture graphics cards (and presumably matching motherboards) with extra header slots, allowing all the power your GPU needs to be supplied by the motherboard itself.
The news comes from WCCFTech, translating a video on China’s BiliBili video service, showing off a presentation from the BiliBili World trade show. Power is delivered via a conventional 12VHPWR rail, which runs to the back of the motherboard through the case and is delivered via a secondary header placed parallel to the PCIe 5.0 slot. Presumably the first model being prepared is a version of the RTX 4070 shown at Computex, though it isn’t clear whether or not more models will be made available. The GPU was paired with a specially designed Intel Z790 motherboard.
Michael is a former graphic designer who's been building and tweaking desktop computers for longer than he cares to admit. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.