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RTX 4090 touted as the world’s most powerful commercially available graphics card

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Aditya Saikrishna
Aditya Saikrishna
I am 21 years old and an avid Motorsports enthusiast.

UNITED STATES: The all-new RTX 4090 was recently launched by Nvidia. The RTX 4090 easily outperforms its predecessor, the RTX 3090 Ti.

The premium graphics card gives hardcore gamers hardware that will let them run 4K-res at extremely fast frame rates.

Unfortunately, the high performance comes with a high power demand. According to Nvidia, the RTX 4090 requires an 850-Watt power unit as a minimum. But if the gaming setup includes extra hardware, the power requirement can go up to 1000 watts. The power drawn by the GPU generates a lot of heat.

A user on the social platform Reddit reported that their RTX 4090 burned the power adapter while playing Red Dead Redemption 2. In images shared by the user, the power adapter can be seen burnt, and the 12-pin power port on the Nvidia RTX 4090 was melted.

The user had used an officially-supplied adapter for the Gigabyte GeForce RTX 4090 Gaming OC.

Despite the build having a slight bend owing to the size of the GPU, the user described it as not being “that aggressive.” While playing the game, the user “smelt” something and noticed the smoke.

The report was reiterated by several other users. Another Reddit user faced a similar issue with their Asus RTX 4090 TUF Gaming – OC Edition.

Even though the damage wasn’t as severe as the earlier reported one, the hardware was melted.

The Nvidia RTX 4090 uses a 16-pin power adapter to handle the massive power draw. According to Gamers Nexus, users are advised to use all 16 or at least 12 pins connected for 100% of the 4090’s performance.

Gamers Nexus also noted worrying power spikes while using the RTX 4090, which might explain the sudden heat that caused damage by melting.

For further investigation, Nvidia has reached out to the users for further investigation, while advising the other 4090 owners to be alert about their graphics cards for the time being.

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