Most shielded higher-end RJ45 connectors for cat6 are still shielded and gold-plated, as are cat7 and cat8.
I've looked for any references; but every search I run is just about the cabling.
So, I'm wondering - I mean seriously, using a decent Cat6-rated RJ45 connector with a Cat8 ... I mean, honestly - is it really going to make a difference?
I'm suspicious of such labeling. I have a hard time believing that a couple centimeters of a Cat6-rated connector at the end of a cat8 cable is going to bring any throughput, bandwidth, frequency, or what have you - down to a generally cat6-level of performance.
But that's why I've been searching for this - maybe I can find some specs on a manufacturer's website ... hold on ... yeah, there really is nothing. The only thing I just found in reference to the RJ45 class of cat8 connectors is that the specifications called for backward compatibility. (https://www.flukenetworks.com/knowledge-base/applicationstandards-articles-copper/category-8-cabling-fact-sheet) So, is this just a big nonsense marketing scheme? I'm already like 99.999% sure a shielded cat6 spec RJ45 will do just as good of a job as a shielded cat8 spec RJ.
But, that's why I'm here - in case anybody knows for sure?