AMD Radeon RX 7600 Reference Design Has Bad Power Connector, Fixed Variant Launching Soon

By: Muhammad Zuhair Haider Zaidi

AMD’s recently announced Radeon RX 7600 graphics card caused much hype among mainstream gamers, especially given its reasonable cost. However, it has come to light that the 6+2-pin power connector is causing trouble with the reference designs.

AMD’s Radeon RX 7600 Reference Design Has Power Connector Issues But The Fix Is Already In The Works

TechPowerUP claims that the reference model of the AMD Radeon RX 7600 graphics card may make it difficult for the power connector to fit into the slot. This is brought on by the backplate cover extending too far, which might prevent some of these power wires from passing through a little bump.

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Remember that the problem only occurs with the 6+2-pin power connectors often included with the power supply; other cables are unaffected. Since the original 8-pin power cables don’t have the bumps where the two pins are joined, they should be safe from this problem. According to TechPowerUP, just 20% of the cables in their test lab are impacted by this issue.

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If you are facing this problem, the best action is to switch to the native 8-pin power cord with your power supply. TechPowerUP has also recommended operating the card without the backplate, albeit doing so is inconvenient and could void your warranty. We recommend only using the GPU after addressing the problem to avoid instabilities and potential damage.

[Update] In response to the issue, AMD has released a statement to TechPowerUP that RX 7600 reference design will accommodate all power cables once released.

We are very pleased with the volume of Radeon RX 7600 cards available globally from our AIB partners. We expect RX 7600 reference design cards to be available over the coming weeks with a design that accommodates all power supply cables.


Hence, you shouldn’t be worried if you decide to go for the reference variant, as AMD will solve the problem. This is less serious of a problem than we’ve heard about with NVIDIA and the 12VHPWR power connection. AMD also had a major problem with its Radeon RX 7900 XTX reference graphics card which had a bad vapor chamber and had to be replaced.