Melting RTX 4090 connector situation complexifies | ENBLE

Melting RTX 4090 connector situation complexifies | ENBLE

CableMod’s Adapter Creates Meltdown Mayhem for Nvidia’s RTX 4090 GPUs

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Nvidia’s top-of-the-line GPU, the RTX 4090, has been plagued by an ongoing issue of melting connectors. Despite hoping for a solution, the introduction of CableMod’s adapter has only exacerbated the problem. In fact, it has been identified as the cause of melting connectors in certain instances. The unfortunate outcome of using the adapter is that it voids the warranty on the GPU, as one unlucky user learned from MSI.

The Melting Saga Continues

It was Reddit user Agentcamels who first reported the incident on the MSI subreddit, claiming that their RTX 4090 went up in smoke while playing Cyberpunk 2077. The culprit? CableMod’s 12VHPWR adapter, which was firmly attached to the GPU during the meltdown. Seeking repairs or a refund from MSI proved futile for the user, as the blame was swiftly shifted to CableMod. MSI cited “manufacturing and tolerance issues” as the cause of the problem, and in turn, voided the warranty on the RTX 4090.

The Stressful Consequences of Denied RMA

The denial of return merchandise authorization (RMA) can be nerve-wracking, particularly when it involves a graphics card that costs upwards of $1,600. In this case, it is understandable that MSI would place the blame elsewhere if the CableMod adapter is indeed responsible. The root cause of the melting issue was quickly discovered to be the 12VHPWR connector, which heats up when improperly installed. It not only damages the cable but also poses a threat to the graphics card itself and the power supply. The main culprit often turns out to be the bending of the cable, exacerbated by the colossal size of the RTX 4090, which requires creative installation methods.

CableMod’s Initial Promise and Ongoing Dilemma

CableMod initially appeared to be the savior with its angled adapter, providing a potential solution to the market’s melting fiasco. However, it was evident from the start that using the adapter could potentially void the warranty on your graphics card. Now, a few months after its release, it is clear that melting still occurs. CableMod plans to release an improved version of its adapter in the future but, in the meantime, users have a few options. They can try other third-party solutions (which might also void the warranty), stick to the CableMod product, or opt for the 12VHPWR connector and ensure proper installation without any bends.

A Promising Refund on the Horizon

While MSI held its ground and denied the claim, CableMod responded to the user’s post promising a full refund. Initially, the company deleted the user’s post from its own subreddit, which hints at similar reports surfacing periodically. CableMod itself admits that the failure rate of the adapter is higher compared to the equivalent 12VHPWR cable. As a result, they suggest users switch to an alternative solution if they wish to avoid future troubles.

As the saga of melting RTX 4090 connectors persists, users remain cautious and are eagerly awaiting a long-lasting solution. In the meantime, it is essential to stay informed, choose adapters wisely, and follow installation guidelines meticulously. After all, no one wants their gaming experience to turn into a melting meltdown.

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