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Repair Service In US Found RTX 4090 Are Still Dying With Melted 12VHPWR Connectors

by Low Boon ShenNovember 15, 2023
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Repair Service In US Found RTX 4090 Are Still Dying With Melted 12VHPWR Connectors

Repair Service In US Found RTX 4090 Are Still Dying With Melted 12VHPWR Connectors

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The tales of RTX 4090’s molten connectors continue to haunt all the owners out there, as American-based repair service NorthridgeFix has reported that these flagship GPUs keep landing in their shops with issues on the infamous 12VHPWR connector.

The situation is bad enough that the technician, who also hosts the YouTube channel, has brought a face mask to avoid inhaling toxic fumes produced by burnt plastic. “We get about 20 to 25 4090s a week,” he said. “We get them in so much that I bought myself this Hiroshima (respirator) mask so I do not have smell the burnt on those connectors (…) now it’s safe to say, the 4090 melted connector is not the user problem.”

In case you missed it, here’s what happened to the 12VHPWR saga: NVIDIA wanted a new connector that could deliver lots of power without too many cables involved, like in the case of PCIe 8-pin – and thus 12VHPWR was designed to solve that issue. However, reports quickly piled up that this connector suffered from seating issues, which ranged from generating excessive heat to burning the connector itself and killing the GPU as a result.

Behind the scenes, NVIDIA and PCI-SIG have been quietly designing an improved version called 12V2x6, but it’s not exactly clear how far the updated design has made it into market circulation. In any case, there have been no large-scale recalls made since the launch of RTX 4090, and reports of melted connectors continued to pop up sporadically ever since.

Source: PCMag

Pokdepinion: That does sound like a fairly high failure rate – just imagine the sheer loss of value. 

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