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ASRock WS Series: The first AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT(X) with a 12V 2×6 connector

ASRock WS Series: The first AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT(X) with a 12V 2×6 connector

Until now, the 12VHPWR connection or its optimized successor 12V-6×2 was only available on graphics cards equipped with an Nvidia GPU. ASRock is now the first manufacturer to use it on Radeon. The new “WS” workstation series also uses a dual-slot radial fan design.

Less cable clutter on multi-GPU workstations

The main field of application for the ASRock Radeon RX 7900 should be – provided that the power supply provides sufficient native connections of this type.

ASRock's workstation variants of the Radeon RX 7900 XT(X) use the 16-pin power connector for the first time on an AMD Radeon
ASRock's workstation variants of the Radeon RX 7900 XT(X) use the 16-pin power connector for the first time on an AMD Radeon (Image: ASRock)

Compact design with two-hole centrifugal fan

ASRock has also adapted the cooling system for use in multi-GPU workstations: a narrow two-slot radial fan cooler (direct heat exhaust) is used. Until now, this has not been available on Radeon RX with one exception and has been reserved for Radeon Pro, the “real” workstation graphics cards.

Designed for multi-card parallel compute and AI acceleration, Radeon™ RX 7900 WS series graphics cards feature a VAPOR-CHAMBER heatsink, efficient blower fan and dual-slot thickening. Moreover, with a single 12V-2×6 horizontal power connector, installing two ASRock Radeon™ RX 7900 XT WS series graphics cards is extremely easy due to fewer power cords.

The cooler uses a vapor chamber base plate to dissipate heat faster from the GPU to the cooling system.

AMD itself is still at 8 pin

It remains to be seen whether ASRock's announcement will lead to others. However, it cannot be assumed that this is a general 'no' from AMD to the new connectivity. With the Radeon Pro W7900DS, AMD introduced a new workstation graphics card at Computex with a dual-slot design based on two classic 8-pin connectors.

New AMD Radeon Pro W7900 dual slot
New dual-slot AMD Radeon Pro W7900 (Image: AMD)