It seems that there is an issue with the 16-pin connector that powers the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090. According to a Redditor who owns the card, its GPU actually burst into flames, and parts of it melted as a result.
Is this a more common problem and should you always have a fire extinguisher nearby when owning an RTX 4090?
One of the first reports of power-related issues with the RTX 4090 is here, and it’s been a big issue from the start. an editor, reggie_gakilposted on the Nvidia subreddit to announce that their Gigabyte GeForce RTX 4090 Gaming OC burst into flames – all because of the 16-pin power connector, they claim.
The owner of the RTX 4090 played Red Dead Redemption 2 when the GPU suddenly caught fire. The card was connected with the official Nvidia cable, but something must have gone wrong because in the end both the power supply and the power connector melted. To prove the claim, the Redditor shared two images.
The photos show a melted power connector on the card’s circuit board, as well as the power supply in a similar condition. It seems that the 12 main pins, which are below the four additional pins, were the cause here. However, it is difficult to speculate at this point. However, the end result is clear because almost the entire adapter has melted. Needless to say, the card is useless.
That’s certainly unfortunate, but since this is the first report we’ve seen, it’s important to take it with a little skepticism and not assume this will be a common issue with the RTX 4090. However, as noted by Wccftechthe 16-pin adapter cable is very thick and this could (indirectly) be the cause of this problem.
Fitting the cable next to the huge RTX 4090 in a not very spacious PC case is quite a challenge. As a result, many users have to bend the cable to even close their case. Unfortunately, this can negatively impact temperatures and lead to something as bad as what happened with reggie_gakil.
If you’re an early adopter of Nvidia’s latest RTX 40 series GPUs, make sure you build your rig in a roomy PC case so the GPU fits comfortably. Cable makers are already working on 90 degree elbow connectors to help users with smaller cases attach their RTX 4090 without risk.
As for the card in question, the Redditor has to return it, so we may never know what really happened here. Let’s hope that Nvidia or Gigabyte will shed some light – if there is one at all.
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