VGA power supplies to make a comeback?
While the unreleased 3dfx Voodoo 5 6000 was to ship with its own dedicated DC power supply, graphics cards have since been content relying on our good old ATX power supply units to fulfill their power requirements. FSP Group, the manufacturer behind Fortron Source PSUs, is aiming to change that according to this report on X-bit labs. The company reportedly plans to introduce a dedicated VGA power supply that will fit in a spare 5.25" drive bay and provide 300W of +12V rail power for up to two graphics cards. While
this might seem like overkill, it's worth pointing out that ATI's new Radeon X1900 XTX graphics card can draw up to 120W of power on its own, and 220W in a two-card CrossFire configuration. Pricing hasn't been announced for the VGA power supply, but FSP Group is planning to introduce the product at CeBit next week.