[Sunday] PC Gamers Roast Nvidia Over 4090’s Melting Power Cable | Biden News


Do you know what plug your oven uses? That’s what the RTX 4090 needs.

Nvidia released the GeForce RTX 4090 earlier this month, and while very few can afford or host the massive new GPU, the few that can report some strange things happening with the 4090’s power requirements. Gamers Nexus noticed that the 4090 suffers of transient power spikes that were wildly unusual for graphics cards, and now there are reports that those spikes can sometimes melt the 4090’s power connectors.

The problem here is relatively simple: the RTX 4090 needs a lot of power to do all the bajillions of calculations per second, and all that power goes into a cable that tapers to too few pins. Put too much juice through a line that isn’t big enough and it will get hot enough to melt.


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Obviously, a video card that catches fire is bad. A fire in your case can cost you not only your video card, but also every other expensive component that goes into a gaming rig. PC gamers are therefore naturally inclined to help Nvidia fix this problem as quickly as possible.

Those suggestions range from changing the power connector on the RTX 4090 to something a little sturdier (like the same plug you’d find on an electric stove) to simply including more pins on the connection port. Others are a direct connection to overhead power lines that have the gauge needed to handle next-gen computing tasks.

This being the internet, most are just roasting Nvidia for releasing an ultra-powerful video card that has a flaw fatal enough to cause it to catch fire. Nvidia is rumored to have delayed or even canceled the RTX 4090 Ti for this very reason, so perhaps the 4090 was just on the edge of what Nvidia considered safe.

Nvidia has reportedly reached out to individuals who posted images of their melted 4090 power connectors, but has so far not made any announcements. I would recommend gamers avoid overclocking their new 4090 until we know it is safe.

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