First Images of ASUS ROG THOR Platinum II PCIe 5.0 12-Pin Power Cable Released

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The first images of the ASUS ROG THOR Platinum II’s PCIe 5.0 12-pin power cable have been released. They come from the folks at eTeknix, who are prepping a review for the new power supply. ASUS has posted the package contents of the ROG THOR Platinum II on its website, which lists the new cable.

Package Contents

Power Cord x 1
Motherboard Power Cable x 1
CPU Cable x 2
12-pin PCI-E Cable x 1
PCI-E Cable 1-to-1 x 4
PCI-E Cable 1-to-2 x 2
SATA Cable 1-to-4 x 3
Peripheral 1-to-3 x 2
Addressable RGB cable x1
ROG sticker x 1
ROG cable tie x 6
Sleeved Cable Combs (6-pin) x 4
Sleeved Cable Combs (8-pin) x 10
Sleeved Cable Combs (24-pin) x 2
Chassis Screws Package x 1
Cable Tie x 12
User Manual x 1

ASUS has included a section on the features page with the new cable. It is rated for up to 600 watts of power delivery. Igor’s lab had reported that the new 12VHPWR plug could theoretically support upward of 662.4 watts, but after safety and tolerance considerations, 600 watts was settled upon.

The connector is rated up to 9A at 12V, which means a maximum theoretical current of 648W. The more recent data posted by Igor’sLAB suggests that the PCIe Gen5 connector (12VHPWR H+) will be up to 9.2A, which provides up to 662W, however, according to the Gen5 specs, it is rated up to 600W.

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Images reveal that the PSU does not feature a 12-pin port. The cable has two 8-pin connectors on the other side. The 12-pin connector is also not a proprietary NVIDIA plug; it is identical to the Molex Micro-Fit 3.0 PCI-Express Gen5 standard plug.

The first graphics card to feature the new connector is believed to be the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti, which is rumored to launch in January 2022. It is unknown whether future PSUs will have a 12-pin modular connector or continue requiring cables with two 8-pin connectors.

Sources: eTeknix (via VideoCardz), Igor’s Lab, ASUS

Peter Brosdahl
As a child of the 70’s I was part of the many who became enthralled by the video arcade invasion of the 1980’s. Saving money from various odd jobs I purchased my first computer from a friend of my dad, a used Atari 400, around 1982. Eventually it would end up being a lifelong passion of upgrading and modifying equipment that, of course, led into a career in IT support.

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