Graphics card maker Inno3D is the latest tech firm to offer yet another way to manage your PC’s spaghetti junction of cables, with a graphics card that features a hidden power socket under a removable tab on the rear of the card.
Most graphics cards with PCIe power connectors have them on the top edge, but the 8-pin PCIe power socket for the Inno3D GeForce RTX 4070 Twin X2 OC White Edition is instead placed on the back of the graphics card. A removable tab can then be screwed on top of the cable to hide the socket and powerplug.
The rest of the cable can then be cleanly routed out of sight through a cable mounting hole on the right of your motherboard. Not only that, but the card also comes with a white PCIe power cable to match the graphics card’s color scheme.
Inno3D isn’t modest about this small cable management tweak. ‘It may become an industry trend,’ the company says, ‘especially with the extra space for bending cables during installation. The design is visually appealing and the cards feature a stylish white aesthetic.’
As its name suggests, the card is based on an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 GPU. Nvidia uses 12VHPWR sockets on its own Founders Edition GPUs, but with reports of incorrectly-installed 12VHPWR plugs melting, we’ve seen quite a few Nvidia Ada graphics cards from board partners sporting the old 8-pin PCIe power sockets, including the Asus Dual RTX 4070 card we recently reviewed.
This isn’t the first interesting cable management system we’ve seen recently. The MSI B650M Project Zero also made an attempt to hide cables by placing all of its sockets and headers on the rear of the motherboard. Otherwise, the Inno3D GeForce RTX 4070 Twin X2 OC White Edition has a pretty standard graphics card design, featuring a two-slot cooer with a pair of 88mm fans, along with five heatpipes.
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