RTX 4090 Burns Through 16 Pin Connectors, Nvidia Currently Investigating


For those fortunate (or unfortunate) enough to get their hands on Nvidia’s RTX 4090 GPU, they may find that their cables run quite hot with the new stuff, maybe a little too hot. Point is, the new flagship is melting those wires.



The 12-volt high power (12VHPWR) or 16 pin connectors are shown to have melted, as shown by redditors NoDuelsPolicy and reggie_gakil. The damages were different for both; reggie_gakil caught the burning smell and saw smoke, and the connector was toast. The card, however, is still functional. NoDuelsPolicy, despite not being as extreme as reggie_gakil’s, simply went off, with further investigation leading to the same melted connector.



The GPU is reported to be able to pull 600W in certain operations, though the 12VHPWR cables should be able to handle them. We haven’t seen any official reasons, but Cablemod, a custom cable maker, deduces that any bending near the connector “may lead to an uneven load across the other wires, increasing the risk of overheating damage.” Interestingly, electronics industry consortium PCI-SIG voiced concerns over the matter some time before these issues popped up, and they were right on the money.



Nvidia is still investigating the cause for it, while the Nvidia subreddit continues to proceed with safety. Some have shown more luck in the situation and were able to enjoy their new 4000 series. The community is currently divided, as some believe that the case isn’t as bad as they seem. They have also contacted one of the Redditors who reported the case, but no word on the situation has been delivered as of yet.



p dir=”ltr”>(Images sourced from Redditor reggie_gakil and NoDuelsPolicy from the r/Nvidia subreddit. RTX 4090 pictures sourced from Nvidia)

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