Galax RTX 4090 HOF Sports Two 16-Pin Connectors for Up to 1kW Power

Galax GeForce RTX 4090 HOF
(Image credit: Rauf / Nordic Hardware)

Galax has a reputation for pushing Nvidia GPUs to extremes with its halo products. Among the best graphics cards, niche enthusiasts will be familiar with its Hall of Fame (HOF) line of products that sit at pinnacle of extreme performance. The latest Galax RTX 4090 HOF kicks things up a notch, an outlandish take on an already edgy product. Galax has the gall to fit this GeForce RTX 4090 with twin 16-pin power connectors and a BIOS ready to deliver up to 1000W to the GPU — hopefully without any potentially melting adapters.

(Image credit: Rauf / Nordic Hardware)

Swedish tech site Nordic Hardware received the above images from their fellow countryman, overclocking legend Rauf, who is currently placed 5th in HWBot's world rankings. The images show an attractive icy white PCB featuring the best power design Galax can muster, as well as the two headlining 16-pin 12VHPWR connector ports.

If you count the components on the PCB, you'll tally the boxy chokes and determine this particular HOF design features 28 VRM phases for the GPU, plus another four for the memory. That's a substantial power delivery setup, designed to stably deliver a large amount of current under the most extreme of use cases, like liquid nitrogen.

(Image credit: Rauf / Nordic Hardware)

The design of the Galax RTX 4090 HOF allows extreme overclockers to crank up to 1000W through the dual 16-pin power connectors for all sorts of overclocking hijinks. The 1000W allowed by the BIOS is considerably higher than the max wattage we've seen from any of the RTX 4090 cards we've reviewed, which achieved a maximum of around 600W with overclocking. Pushing that 400W higher makes us a little concerned, but then this is no ordinary card.

If you'd like to purchase a Galax GeForce RTX 4090 HOF, Rauf hasn't shared any details on pricing or availability. Apparently, the launch date will coincide with Rauf and a few other select extreme overclockers releasing a flurry of overclocking results and benchmark scores. We'll keep our eyes peeled for the expected toppling of a wide range of graphics card performance world records, so stay tuned.

Mark Tyson
Freelance News Writer

Mark Tyson is a Freelance News Writer at Tom's Hardware US. He enjoys covering the full breadth of PC tech; from business and semiconductor design to products approaching the edge of reason.

  • hotaru251
    will this really matter?

    iirc the 4090's hit voltage limits not power limit already?
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  • octavecode
    Technology moving backwards.....this is sad
    each new gen needs more power and extreme cooling solutions.
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  • blacknemesist
    octavecode said:
    Technology moving backwards.....this is sad
    each new gen needs more power and extreme cooling solutions.
    With more power comes.. more power?
    Why would they invest billions into research for something like that when you have PSU that support that and more?
    You are also looking at extreme OC on a extreme high-end card.
    AMD is doing something with MCM but they will only capitalize on it truly when NVidia can't just throw more power at the cards and call it a day, similar to how NVidia still wins because it is 1 gen ahead on RT.
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  • spongiemaster
    hotaru251 said:
    will this really matter?

    iirc the 4090's hit voltage limits not power limit already?
    This board is specifically built for ln2/helium overclocking. Years ago I read a post about how someone did it with a 1080ti. He said the card was pulling 1200+ watts during this process. The 2nd connector serves no purpose for normal use and this is such a low volume card (like 100 total cards) that you'll never see one for sale.
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  • octavecode
    blacknemesist said:
    With more power comes.. more power?
    Why would they invest billions into research for something like that when you have PSU that support that and more?
    You are also looking at extreme OC on a extreme high-end card.
    AMD is doing something with MCM but they will only capitalize on it truly when NVidia can't just throw more power at the cards and call it a day, similar to how NVidia still wins because it is 1 gen ahead on RT.

    I just miss the time when we used to buy a nice combo CPU-board-Gpu at a reasonable price and being able to run it with a reasonable psu and a cheap air cooler 20-30 eu-dollars...
    Now everything is expensive , power hungry with high temps even in the mid range.
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  • Allen_B
    It's like RAID for your GPU power. One melts down? No problem, keep going with reduced performance on the other!
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  • evdjj3j
    "overclocking legend Rauf, who is currently placed 5th in HWBot's world rankings. "

    When did we start considering 5th place losers legends?
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  • artk2219
    evdjj3j said:
    "overclocking legend Rauf, who is currently placed 5th in HWBot's world rankings. "

    When did we start considering 5th place losers legends?

    Are you on that list at all? No? Then quit trying to belittle the accomplishments of others.

    https://hwbot.org/user/rauf/
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  • lorfa
    hotaru251 said:
    iirc the 4090's hit voltage limits not power limit already?

    Der8auer tried a voltage mod on it, got some more out of it but quickly became power limited by the 600 W. So there's more headroom there, especially for ln2 folk.
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  • 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 these are horrible cards

    if I remember correctly, this is what 3dFx did just before they went out of business
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