Selecting a new PSU now with the 12VHPWR upcoming change is tricky, but if you read this article, you will easily find the proper one.
If you didn’t read my article on the change of the 12VHPWR connector with the new one, called 12V-2×6, I advise you to find the time to do it. Unfortunately, not only will the GPU sockets have to change to be fully compatible with the new connector, but the socket on the PSU modular panels will also have to change. This creates a major headache for users who just bought their ATX v3.0 PSUs.
Several users commented yesterday on my video that it is a great shame that their new GPUs and PSUs won’t fully utilize the enhanced protection features the latest connector offers. While 12VHPWR connectors will be compatible with 12V-2×6 sockets, they still don’t fully support it, so you won’t get the increased protection against melting connectors and cables.
As far as GPUs are concerned, there is nothing you can do. If you bought an RTX 4090, as I did, it has the current socket, so it won’t fully support 12V-2×6. When it comes to PSUs, though, if you need to get a new one during this period, I can give you a tip to select one that can fully exploit the new connector and corresponding cables once they are out.
Some brands used the regular 2x 8-pin sockets on the PSU’s modular panel to connect the 12VHPWR cables instead of 12+4 pin ones. This proved to be a smart move for two reasons:
- The regular 8-pin sockets have high tolerances in bending and abuse in general compared to 12+4 pin ones.
- By using 8-pin sockets instead of 12+4 pin ones, brands can easily replace the 12VHPWR cables with 12V-2×6 ones, fully exploiting the enhanced protection features!
Say you have a PSU which uses 2x 8pin to 12+4pin, you only have to obtain a new cable once the new standard is out, and you will be fully covered. Unfortunately, this won’t be the case for PSUs with 12+4 pin to 12+4 pin cables.
So my advice to you, if you want to be as future-proof as it gets, if you need to buy a new PSU this period, get one with 2x 8pin sockets on its modular panel, for the 12VHPWR cable, instead of a 12+4 pin socket. Note that 12V-2×6 connectors are designed to be backward compatible with 12VHPWR sockets, but you don’t get the enhanced protection.