NVIDIA finally issued an official statement regarding the problem with melting 12VHPWR power connectors plugged into GeForce RTX 4090 graphics cards.After weeks of investigation, the company said the source of the problem was mating connectors improperly.NVIDIA said it knows of about 50 cases of melted connectors around the world.To date, the company has concluded that the common cause of the problem is that \"the connector was not fully inserted into the video card.\" In fact, similar conclusions were reached the other day by the experts of the YouTube channel GamersNexus, who conducted their own independent investigation.Above - incompletely inserted connector, below - fully inserted connectorThe company noted that it is studying different approaches that would allow users to make sure that the connector is connected correctly before turning on the video card.So far, NVIDIA recommends first plugging the power connector into the graphics card, making sure it is fully inserted and has no gaps, and then plugging the graphics card into a PCIe slot on the motherboard.NVIDIA also noted that it is committed to supporting customers and providing a fast warranty process for graphics cards, \"regardless of the cable or card used.\"NVIDIA is still reviewing reports of melted connectors and looking for ways to ensure the card is properly connected to the power supply.At the same time, the company did not specify whether the latter would entail changes to the existing design or some other drastic measures.Also note that NVIDIA's statement about 50 cases indicates that the problem is not that widespread, given that NVIDIA and its partners have clearly sold tens, if not hundreds of thousands of GeForce RTX 4090s worldwide.
Intel Equips Data Center GPU Max 1100 Accelerators with 12VHPWR Power Connector
Intel has equipped its Data Center GPU Max 1100 compute gas pedals in PCI Express expansion card format with a new 12+4-pin 12VHPWR power connector.By doing so, the manufacturer followed the example of NVIDIA, which endowed this connector senior graphics cards GeForce RTX 40-series.Image source: IntelThe so-called PCIe 5.0 power connector, more often listed as 12VHPWR, or as a 12 + 4-pin connector, is not a technical requirement for power supplies, which claim to meet the ATX 3.0 standard.However, all PSUs of this standard presented to date are equipped with at least one such connector.NVIDIA was the first company to adopt the new power connector for its next-generation gaming graphics cards.This connector allows you to replace up to four common 8-pin PCIe connectors, and is able to transfer up to 600W of power.The 12VHPWR connector will remain exclusive to NVIDIA graphics cards until January 2023.That is when Intel plans to release server graphics gas pedals Data Center GPU Max 1100.As for gaming graphics cards, neither AMD with its Radeon RX 7000 series graphics, nor Intel with its Arc Alchemist gas pedals have not decided to use the new power standard and use conventional 8-pin connectors.So far, it is unknown exactly what is the cause of the problem and various theories have been put forward.It is possible that the problem is caused by poor quality of the kit's adapters from four 8-pin connectors to one 12+4-pin connector.Another theory says that users who didn't insert the connector all the way into the socket are to blame.Let's hope that Intel gas pedals won't repeat the fate of some GeForce RTX 4090.
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