ASUS's first power cable-free GeForce RTX 4070 GPU is launching in Asia this week

The first cable-free GeForce RTX 40 Series GPU is almost here with ASUS set to launch the first wave of 'BTF' products this weekend in Asia.

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The new ASUS GeForce RTX 4070 BTF is the first GPU to sport a power-cable-free design as part of the BTF (Back To The Future) collaboration between ASUS, Thermaltake, and SilverStone - and it'll be released in China on September 15. This means it will be available this weekend in the region for those looking to create a unique build.

ASUS GeForce RTX 4070 BTF is the first cable-free GPU, image credit: ASUS.

ASUS GeForce RTX 4070 BTF is the first cable-free GPU, image credit: ASUS.

The cable-free GeForce RTX 4070 requires a BTF "hidden-connector motherboard" that hides all of its connectors on the underside for clean cable management and a new form of power delivery to components like the GPU. To house the new GeForce RTX 4070, ASUS is also launching the new TUF GAMING B760M-BTF WIFI motherboard for Intel 12th, 13th, and 14th-generation processors.

Under the motherboard, you'll find ASUS's new GC-HPWR connector capable of PCI Express power delivery from 75W up to 600W. On the GPU side, this means an additional connector next to the PCI interface for the extra power delivery - which should be able to support everything from a GeForce RTX 4060 to a GeForce RTX 4090.

ASUS TUF GAMING B760M-BTF WIFI motherboard puts all connectors on the underside, image credit: ASUS.

ASUS TUF GAMING B760M-BTF WIFI motherboard puts all connectors on the underside, image credit: ASUS.

That said, it also requires a specialized case with room on the underside for the connectors, so even though the ASUS GeForce RTX 4070 BTF looks and sounds like fantastic progress for how GPUs and PCs are designed - it might take a while to catch on and become widespread because you'll need a range of custom hardware to make it all work.

However, that is the ultimate goal for the BTF Alliance - where ASUS, Thermaltake, and SilverStone are looking to improve the DIY experience for all PC builders. "Whether you are a manufacturer, PC DIY expert, or gamer, we welcome everyone to join the BTF Alliance and grow together," writes ASUS on the BTF landing page - so here's hoping we see more companies sign up soon.

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Kosta is a veteran gaming journalist that cut his teeth on well-respected Aussie publications like PC PowerPlay and HYPER back when articles were printed on paper. A lifelong gamer since the 8-bit Nintendo era, it was the CD-ROM-powered 90s that cemented his love for all things games and technology. From point-and-click adventure games to RTS games with full-motion video cut-scenes and FPS titles referred to as Doom clones. Genres he still loves to this day. Kosta is also a musician, releasing dreamy electronic jams under the name Kbit.

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