Why?AMD will be forced to use 12VHPWR on Radeon 8000 series. They should have done it on 7000 series as well IMO. Instead they made it an actual selling point, which is laughable really - because the new solution is better and can replace 3-4 x 8 pin. Many 7900XTX use 3 x 8pin.
7000 series design was finished long time ago. Changing the power connector is not something one does weeks before launch. Besides they dont need it. So what's wrong with 8pin? Servers use 8pin EPS. Even Nvidia themselves uses 8pin EPS connector on their server cards instead of this flimsy new one.
Here's an idea - instead of pushing wattage ever higher - why not focus on power efficiency and make do with dual 8pin.