ASUS RTX 3060 Ti ATS V2 with GDDR6X memory and new power connector
The 12+4pin power connector seems to be gaining in popularity, reaching older graphics cards as well.
ASUS has revamped its old design based on RTX 3060 Ti SKU to include the 12VHPWR connector. This is the first known mid-range Ampere card to use this type of connector.
NVIDIA had released its RTX 30 Founders Edition with a 12-pin connector, which was capable of replacing multiple standard 8-pin cables while guaranteeing higher wattage supply. With the release of RTX 3090 Ti NVIDIA has adopted a new power connector known as 12VHPWR that was an evolution of the said 12-pin connector with an inclusion of 4 data pins and support for even greater power supply.
The RTX 3060 Ti launched with an 8-pin power connector which is sufficient to provide up to 225W of power including the power from the PCIe connector. The original model (12GB) has a TDP of 200W, so well withing this range. Therefore, the change to 12VHPWR connector was not necessary, yet this is what happened to the China-exclusive RTX 3060 Ti ATS/Megalodon series.
The first photograph showing the new version of the ATS model has been posted on Chinese social media, and the evidence is clear, this is the new 12VPHWR connector. Interestingly, ASUS already launched its RTX 3060 (non-Ti) ATS V2 graphics card, but it relies on the old 8-pin design. Why did ASUS update the Ti model with GDDR6X model is unclear, but this is no doubt the first known mid-range Ampere GPU to use it.