The above reports signal that something is still wrong with Nvidia’s high-end product line, when the company has previously insisted that the cause is due to the user.
Nvidia recorded at least three new cases of 16-pin power connector fires in high-end GeForce RTX 4090 video cards this month. The above reports signal that something is still wrong with Nvidia’s high-end product line, when the company has previously insisted that the cause is due to the user.
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The problem started in October 2022, many 4090 users reported that their GPU power cables suddenly melted in the connector and connection port. After a month of receiving the problem, Nvidia said it had recorded about 50 cases worldwide and attributed the problem to users who plugged in the cable incorrectly.
However, Igor’s Lab questioned the solder quality of the supplied adapters. Doubts quickly fell about the 16-pin 12VHPWR cable that Nvidia integrated onto the GeForce RTX 4090 to help make the device compatible with older power supplies.
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The RTX 4090’s 16-pin 12VHPWR cable is for ATX 3.0 PSUs, but Nvidia knows that many customers won’t want to spend the extra money to upgrade from their ATX 2.0 models. However, many outlets have criticized the company’s 12VHPWR solution.
After a series of incidents, many users questioned the safety they received when they had to spend a large amount of money on high-end Nvidia products. A user also shared a series of photos showing the adapters “ashing” after about 7 months of use, despite having connected according to the user manual from Nvidia.
The controversy over the RTX 4090 fire incident has not stopped. The best defense against the problem at this point is probably to avoid using any adapters and just upgrade to the power supply to ATX 3.0. Perhaps this measure is “expensive” but it will not be too high compared to your burning GPU worth nearly 50 million VND. Additionally, you can also test your 16-pin power connector with a new feature in CPU-Z version 2.53.0.
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