After the launch of GeForce RTX 4090, Nvidia received many complaints regarding the 12VHPWR cable issues. Multiple cases from GeForce RTX 4090 users were reported about the 12VHPWR 16-Pin power connector melting, rendering users’ investment useless.
Whatever the root cause may be behind the 12VHPWR 16-Pin power connector being faulty, some experts and Nvidia have placed the blame on the user end, claiming that the issue was due to an improper connector between the graphics card and the 12VHPWR 16-Pin power cable.
Last month, Nvidia was also hit with a class action lawsuit on the 12VHPWR 16-Pin power connector melting issue. PCI-SIG has now come forward and has addressed the issue of who is responsible for the 12VHPWR 16-Pin power connector, and it looks like Nvidia was the one to blame from the start.
PCI-SIG made a statement today saying;
Members are reminded that PCI-SIG specifications provide necessary technical information for interoperability and do not attempt to address proper design, manufacturing methods, materials, safety testing, safety tolerances, or workmanship.
When implementing a PCI-SIG specification, Members are responsible for the design, manufacturing, and testing, including safety testing, of their products”.
It looks like Nvidia was aware of their defective 12VHPWR 16-Pin power connector design but kept quiet to avoid such a situation. The GeForce RTX 4090 from Nvidia is currently the best-performing and value card on the market.
Still, the 12VHPWR 16-Pin power connector defect has kept many interested users from investing in one, and after the PCI-SIG statement, the demand might further go down.
Who do you think is responsible for the 12VHPWR 16-Pin power connector defect?
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