Igor’s Lab has shared a set of photos that imply NVIDIA has already updated the GeForce RTX 4070 Founders Edition with the newly designed 12VHPWR connector, which includes shorter sense pins, reducing high-power modes unless the user cares enough to plug their cables all the way in to avoid a melting GPU. MSI’s GeForce RTX 4070 GAMING X TRIO also seems to have been updated with connectors that feature shorter sense pins.
After having examined some headers of the Founders Editions from the current Ada series more closely, I noticed something interesting. Since the GeForce RTX 4070 FE, NVIDIA has already been using a modified 12VHPWR connector with significantly recessed pins! While the GeForce RTX 4080 Founders Edition still relies on the header from the CEM 5.0 with only 0.45 mm offset, the GeForce RTX 4070 Founders Edition has been using a modified variant with 1.7 mm inward offset since its launch, similar to the 12V-2×6 connector.