Nvidia’s new flagship RTX 4090 graphics card appears to be melting power cables as the card fails when graphics settings are maxed out during gameplay.
Nvidia’s a ridiculously powerful main GPU, the RTX 4090, seems to melt 16-pin electrical connectors, as the card fails when graphics settings are maxed out in video-intensive titles. A social media post documented a case where the RTX 4090’s power supply melted, opening both Nvidia and third-party graphics card manufacturer Gigabyte to ridicule online.
This isn’t the first time a powerful new Nvidia GPU has caused excitement among PC gamers. Last year, after the launch of the 3080 Ti series of cards, gamers started reporting a black screen and whining GPU fans. While initially the title of Amazon Games New World was perceived to be the culprit behind the failed GPUs, it was later discovered that the build quality of Gigabyte brand 3080 Ti cards was to blame, causing further confusion in the community when Nvidia de-launched its controversial 4080 12GB GPU. Gamers have expressed concern about the power requirements and only demanding design of the RTX 4090 series cards, and it seems that those concerns are warranted.
Reddit user reggie_gakil posted an image of a charred RTX 4090 connector cable, stating that while gaming Red Dead Redemption 2 the card started smoking. Eventually the GPU failed, leaving them with only a black screen and no way to get video from their computer to the screen. Reggie_gakil was shocked when they opened their case, only to find a charred GPU power cable inside. It was recently reported that the RTX 4090 Ti was canceled due to similar issues, but it was believed that the RTX 4090 series GPUs worked as intended. The full Reddit post can be found here.
Reggie_gakil posted photos of the charred GPU power cable to Reddit, and expressed anger at the whole situation. Ironically, it was Gigabyte’s GPU brand behind the burning power connector, the same third-party brand that caused a slew of 3080 Ti failures last year. PC gamers responded to the post offering various opinions on why the RTX 4090 GPU might fail. Gamers criticized both the size of the card and its power requirements, and most gamers were shocked by the GPU’s $1,600 price tag. Owners of the new RTX 4090 got excited when it was announced Cyberpunk 2077 would support the new DLSS 3.0, exclusively to the 40 series cards. Now that excitement seems to have changed to anxiety.
Nvidia’s own installation instructions advise against horizontally or vertically bending the 16-pin connector closer than 35mm to the plug. Gamers have complained that the bulky power connector is difficult to handle, especially in smaller computer cases. Aside from a few PC gamers getting sand instead of a new GPU, there isn’t much worse for PC gamers than a melting, smoking or burning graphics card, especially when a bunch of new PC titles have just come out.
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