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NorthridgeFix Claims Repair Shop Replaces 200 RTX 4090 Power Connectors Each Month

NorthridgeFix Claims Repair Shop Replaces 200 RTX 4090 Power Connectors Each Month

The ongoing issue of melting power connectors and adapters continues with the RTX 4090, even a year after its launch. Despite NVIDIA's upgrade to a new 12V-2×6 standard, the problem has resurfaced with the introduction of new CableMod adapters.

CableMod has finally decided to discontinue the angle adapter and provide refunds to its customers. Prior to the recall, the company was actively compensating customers for the defective GPUs. With mounting cases and board partners blaming cable and adapter suppliers, product maintenance became unviable.

According to Northridge Fix, CableMod's product was well-built but relied on a poor foundation: the new 12VHPWR standard, also known as a 12+4 or 16-pin connector. NVIDIA has since introduced a revised version of this connector for all RTX 40 models, featuring a shorter sense pin to ensure that the GPU only receives additional power when The cable should be fully inserted. However, despite these updates, the repair shop continues to receive defective GPUs with melted connectors, replacing more than 200 connectors a month (a box containing these connectors was displayed). It is unclear whether the new cases are based on updated or older standards.

12VHPWR Connector 4090 Fused Connector Replacement Northridgefix2

Currently, it is recommended to use official NVIDIA power adapters or cables provided by power supply manufacturers. Adapters from other sources are prone to overheating and melting, especially if the connector is not inserted correctly. Users, especially RTX 4090 owners, need to be vigilant about the power connectors on their GPUs, especially since some models can draw up to 600W when overclocked.

In the later part of the video, NorthridgeFix demonstrates the connector replacement process, which doesn't seem as complicated as replacing GPUs or memory modules. However, this is still an important concern that needs to be addressed. Hopefully NVIDIA will prioritize this issue in the development of the next generation of GeForce GPUs. Currently, neither AMD nor Intel has shown any interest in adopting the 12VHPWR or 12V-6X2 standards for their upcoming gaming GPUs.

Source and images: NorthridgeFix

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