As you may know, despite all the power of the RTX 4090 and RTX 4080, this is not being a perfect launch, due to some problems in adopting the 12VHPWR standard, which hits the market as the ultimate power cable for graphics cards, while being able to pass 600W without major problems.
Yeah… The problem is that these cables are melting, for reasons still unknown. A serious problem, and one that could become yours over the next few years, as the entire RTX 40 range will make use of this new generation of cable.
But according to NVIDIA, everything is fine! This has only happened 50 times. Do you feel safe?
NVIDIA came to talk about melted cables
So, in case you didn’t know, NVIDIA has confirmed that these last few weeks it has been investigating several reports from users with this type of cable connected to their new generation graphics card. With NVIDIA coming to the conclusion that the problem is not as serious as that, a conclusion also mentioned by the Gamer Nexus channel, which after some tests, realized that the thing is very much related to user errors.
Still, whether it’s a mistake or not, 50 instances of melted cables, or fire, is a significant thing, despite the fact that NVIDIA tries to downplay the situation by mentioning that this equals only 0.04% of all RTX 4090 cards sold. (130 thousand units).
According to NVIDIA, the cable cannot be bent, or pulled, to make the box more “beautiful”. But… This is something that quite honestly makes no sense. If the cable is not malleable enough to touch, then something is wrong and needs to be fixed as soon as possible. Especially as NVIDIA also mentions debris inside connectors as a cause for these issues.
However, the graphics card giant guarantees that it is investigating the matter, and developing ways to avoid all these problems. (We have no idea yet)