After the first case of a GeForce RTX 4090 fire was described, there were suggestions that this was not an accident, and everything would not be limited to this. Indeed, other incidents followed. And in all cases, the same weak point is the connector for connecting additional power and / or the branded adapter cable included in the package.
Almost immediately after the first case (remember, Gigabyte GeForce RTX 4090 Gaming OC took part in it), the second became known. A user of the American forum Reddit described it like this:It happened to me today too, but not as badly as yours. I had a game session a few hours ago playing Black Desert with my group in a dungeon. Suddenly the screen went blank and all the fans started spinning at 100%. Turned off the computer and after inspection noticed that the power adapter was damaged. My card is Asus RTX 4090 TUF Gaming OC Edition“.
A third case was reported by player and enthusiast Hassan Mujtaba. And here everything is like a carbon copy with the second one: the same Asus TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 4090, the same recovered 16-pin adapter cable connector (although this time it melted more strongly).
Finally, a fourth case has already been recorded, it is described in the comments to the video on the Bang4BuckPC Gamer YouTube channel. User Hakam Salman bought a pre-configured PC (with a GeForce RTX 4090 inside, of course) from CyberPowerPC. And in this case, the power connector melted, after which the user returned the PC to the assembler.
In general, it is already obvious that the weak point of the GeForce RTX 4090 is the power connector and adapter cable. Nvidia has already launched an investigation into the incidents, which Asus and Gigabyte have joined. In the meantime, for users of the GeForce RTX 4090, the recommendation is this: do not bend the cable for connecting additional power at a distance of less than 35 mm from the connector.
What conclusions Nvidia will draw from the investigation is not yet clear. Obviously, recalling all sold GeForce RTX 4090s is expensive. It is easier to repair the damaged ones, and to supply all the rest with a modified cable that will not melt and burn. In the meantime, we state that the GeForce RTX 4090 turned out to be a fiery video card in the truest sense of the word.
The latest 12-core processor Ryzen 9 7900X has fallen in price to a minimum in the US
The Ryzen 9 7900X has only been on sale for a couple of months, but the processor has already dropped significantly in the US. If at the start of sales they asked for $ 550 for it, then a few days ago the cost dropped to $ 473. And now the CPU has become even more accessible.
You can buy the Ryzen 9 7900X from Amazon in the US for $440. Thus, after just two months from the start of sales, the CPU became more affordable by 20%.
Recall that the Ryzen 9 7900X operates at a frequency of 4.7-5.6 GHz and has 76 MB of cache, and a TDP of 230 watts. The discount is very good, but when buying a Ryzen 7000, you need to keep in mind the need for a fresh motherboard with an AM5 processor socket, as well as DDR5 memory.
Mini PC with a 14-core CPU, a wide range of ports and the ability to install three SSDs. Minisforum Neptune NAD9 introduced
Minisforum introduced the Neptune NAD9 mini PC, which is based on a 14-core Intel processor.
The heart of the novelty is the mobile Core i9-12900H. For such a PC in the form of a Barebone-kit, they ask for $680, but now you can buy it for $570. Since we are talking about not the most energy efficient CPU, the cooling system here includes a radiator with three heat pipes.
The new PC also stands out with a fairly extensive set of ports. There is USB 3.2 (x3), USB-C 3.2 (x3), USB 2.0 (x2), HDMI (x2) and RJ45. With dimensions of 208 x 180 x 66 mm, this is a very worthy set.
The mini PC allows you to install two 2.5-inch drives, one M.2 format, and a pair of DDR4 SO-DIMMs. The base version with 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage will now cost $680.
Nvidia has released a fresh driver for graphics cards that were released 10 years ago. But in games performance will not improve
Nvidia has released a fresh driver for older GeForce 600 and GeForce 700 video cards. Support for these adapters has long been discontinued, so the new driver is only intended to fix important vulnerabilities.
More specifically, we are talking about two vulnerabilities CVE-2022-3602 and CVE-2022-3786 that affected mail servers and open source VPN protocols such as OpenVPN.
Unfortunately, the latest driver will not improve the performance of older video cards, as support was discontinued over a year ago.
However, some adapters of those times are still quite good for modern games, given their age. For example, the GeForce GTX 780 Ti is capable of about 70-80 fps in Full HD in GTA V at maximum graphics quality settings, and even provides about 60 fps in The Witcher 3 at high settings.
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