CableMod 90 and 180 Degree 12VHPWR Adapter Guide

CableMod 90 and 180 Degree 12VHPWR Adapter Guide

CableMod’s angled 12VHPWR adaptors are now available – Here’s what you need to know

The 12VHPWR (12+4 pin) cable has been a controversial addition to the PC market, allowing gamers to push up to 600 watts of power into their graphics cards, doing a job that would have required four 8-pin (6+2 pin) PCIe power cables in the past. While there were a lot of early reports of melted 12VHPWR cables, these early issues appear to have been caused by user error, with Nvidia attributing these problems to users who did not fully insert their 12VHPWR cables into their graphics cards. 

The good news is that we have not heard any reports of 12VHPWR issues for several months, and now PC builders are looking for ways to improve the aesthetic of their systems when using 12VHPWR graphics cards. CableMod had already catered to this niche with custom sleeved 12VHPWR cables (which we looked at in late 2022), and now CableMod has launched new 12VHPWR angled adaptors to allow PC builders to further enhance the appearance of their gaming systems. 

Presenting CableMod’s 12VHPWR 90 Degree and 180 Degree Adapters

If you want your cables to be routed more cleanly within your system, an angled 12VHPWR adaptor could be what you are looking for. Instead of looping our cables or forcing them around 90-degree bends, CableMod’s new angled adaptors allow PC builders to cleanly, and easily route their 12VHPWR cables to go wherever they want within their systems. 

With a 90-degree adaptor, users of 12VHPWR graphics cards can direct their cables upwards or downwards (depending on the adapter variant that they choose), allowing them to route their cables cleanly towards their power supply with no unnecessary bends. With a 180-degree adaptor, users can direct their 12VHPWR cables to point down the backplate of your graphics card, something which will make your GPU power cable practically invisible if your vertically mount your graphics card.  

CableMod 90 and 180 Degree 12VHPWR Adapter Guide

90-Degree Adaptor

Below we can see what CableMod’s 90-degree 12VHPWR adaptor looks like with an RTX 4090 Founders Edition graphics card. See how the adaptor diects the 12VHPWR cable downwards, allowing users to connect their cables to their graphics cards with less bending and with a cleaner overall aesthetic. 

CableMod 90 and 180 Degree 12VHPWR Adapter Guide

180-Degree Adaptor

With a 180-degree adaptor, Cablemod allows users of 12VHPWR graphics cards to direct their GPU power cables down the back plate of their GPUs. This is especially useful for those who vertically mount their graphics cards, as this allows them to cleanly hide their 12VHPWR cable behind their GPU and eliminates the need for their 12VHPWR cables to have a 180-degree arc.  

CableMod 90 and 180 Degree 12VHPWR Adapter Guide

Colour Options

For our testing purposes, CableMod has provided us with White, Red, and Black 12VHPWR cables with 90-degree, 180-degree and both Variant A and Variant B forms. That’s a lot of options, but CableMod has a much wider variety of adaptors available, with Black, Blue, Gold, Light Blue, Orange, pink, Purple, Red, Silver, and White options.

CableMod has given us this selection of angled adaptors so that we can conduct extended testing using them as part of our future GPU reviews. If we ever run into issues with these cables, you can expect us to report these issues to CableMod and update this article accordingly.

CableMod 90 and 180 Degree 12VHPWR Adapter Guide

Should I buy a Variant A or Variant B Adaptor?

12VHPWR cables can be connected to graphics cards using two types of adaptor, what CableMod calls Variant A and Variant B. As such, their angled adaptors come in two forms. Over the next two pages of this guide, we will look at these two types of 12VHPWR terminal, and let you know what type of adaptor you need for your graphics card.