During the 2023 Taipei Computer Show, ASUS showcased a GeForce RTX 4070 graphics card (still in the concept stage) that eliminates the need for external power supply design, and while the card itself is the RTX 4070, it is not part of any existing product line.
This ASUS Concept GeForce RTX 4070 features a 2.3-slot, triple-fan design. The back of this card has an extended backplate that extends beyond the PCB and has a cutout to enhance cooling.
The card also comes with a switch that allows you to freely switch between “performance” and “quiet” modes. It’s worth noting that while the card has “Megalodon” quoted on the back panel, ASUS makes it clear that this is not the final branding of the card.
The most interesting thing about this card is that in addition to the standard PCIe Gen 4.0 x16 slot, it also has a proprietary connector to the PCB (requires a special slot on a specific motherboard) that provides up to 600W of power, similar in appearance to AMD’s Radeon Pro graphics card for Apple’s Mac Pro system.
For demonstration purposes, ASUS also showed two back-aligned Z790 motherboards that include three 8pin connectors and a 12VHPWR connector to directly power the aforementioned graphics cards through a proprietary slot.
The motherboard itself features a very standard Z790 TUF Gaming design based on the ATX form factor, LGA 1700 platform, 16+1 phase VRM power supply and 60A MOSFETs, supports all the latest I/O connections and offers two PCIe 4.0 x16, two PCIe 4.0 x1, and one PCIe 4.0 x4 slot.
It also comes with PCIe-Slot Q-Release and all M.2 slots are covered with heatsinks and equipped with M.2 Q-Latch.
According to ASUS, the two motherboards are scheduled to hit the market later this year, and unlike the installed ape customization products limited to the Chinese market, this line is expected to launch globally.