New experiment exhibits loose RTX 4090 energy connectors cause overheating and melting

Nvidia's RTX 4090Enlarge / Nvidia’s RTX 4090. (credit: Sam Machkovech)

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A few weeks ago, some early adopters of Nvidia’s. new flagship RTX 4090 GPU begun reporting that the cards’ power connectors have been overheating. and melting their plastic casing, from time to time inflicting harm to the outrageously quick and high priced GPUs

For. Nvidia’s part, the enterprise is nonetheless looking into the failures. “We continue to examine the reports, nevertheless we do not have additional details to share yet,” according to an Nvidia rep talking. to KitGuru earlier this week. But the YouTubers at the Gamers Nexus channel have been conducting. their own in-depth research, and in short, they believe that the problems are principally being triggered by improperly seated power connectors. “Foreign-object debris” inside the connector can additionally trigger problems, however Gamers Nexus believes this variety of harm is a lot rarer

The. failure that Gamers Nexus was able to re-create in its labs involved connecting the 12VHPWR power connector to an RTX 4090 with out inserting it totally and then bending the cable to one side, making the connection even worse. After just a few minutes of testing, the free connection’s excessive power resistance generated warmth above 250° Celsius, inflicting smoke and visible bubbling as the connector melted in its socket

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