The GeForce RTX 4090 connector fire and mangle issue has led users to stop buying Nvidia’s new flagship graphics card. This is written by the Chinese resource MyDrivers.
In particular, according to the source, many players, observing the situation with the GeForce RTX 4090, decided to postpone the purchase and see how it all ends. Some say that there is no other way out than not to buy a video card: “it is obvious that there is a problem with the design of the product.”
The problem is really obvious. The weak point is Nvidia’s proprietary adapter cable, which is included in the package and allows you to supply power to the video card through the new 12VHPWR connector using four standard eight-pin connectors. It would seem that a good deed (the adapter cable ensures the compatibility of the GeForce RTX 4090 with old power supplies) has suffered a crushing fiasco: the cable overheats and melts, in the worst cases causing damage to the video card itself. Five such cases have already been recorded (four in the US, one in South Korea), but in reality there may be more.
The reason for the melting of the adapter cable connector is still unknown. At first it was suggested that it occurs due to the bending of the cables, but in the latest versions it is simply about the poor quality of the connector itself, through which power is supplied to the video card. Moreover, they blame both the cables themselves and the solder. This theory is supported by the fact that only cards with an Nvidia adapter cable from the package suffer, in other cases (when using third-party cables or when the video card is powered directly from a compatible power supply), nothing overheats or melts.
Nvidia has already launched an investigation, asking its partners in graphics card manufacturers to collect damaged graphics cards for research. It is hoped that the exact cause of the problems with the GeForce RTX 4090 will soon become known. But until then, the company is losing some of its customers.
Phison 8 TB SSD will be sent to the moon next year – there will be a data center
The manufacturer Phison announced that it is participating in a project to create data centers on the moon. This mission is carried out by Lonestar, SkyCorp and Canonical. The launch of this data center is planned for the second half of 2023.
According to the company, their 8TB M.2 2280 NVMe drive has passed NASA Technology Readiness Level 6 (TRL-6) testing, which confirms its performance and can be used in space, at low temperatures and in vacuum.
Initially, we are talking about one server. Its storage module will be the size of a book. It will be equipped with SoC on the RISC-V architecture, and the power will come from solar panels. The server will deliver the NOVA-C lander, which is being developed by Intuitive Machines, to the Moon.
Note that this is not the first space mission involving Phison. Earlier, her 8 GB drive was installed in the Perseverance Martian rover. Also on board the ISS is used from a 4 TB SSD.
Earlier it was reported that the European Union wants to place data centers in space.
Not as thick as new Nvidia graphics cards. Non-Reference XFX RX 7900 XT Merc 310 Image Revealed
XFX will offer non-reference 3D cards of the Radeon RX 7000 line. Images of the RX 7900 XT Merc 310 model have already appeared on the Web, but we can safely assume that there will also be a similar-looking RX 7900 XTX Merc 310.
The card is made in the usual XFX design. It is very long, but not the thickest by modern standards. It will probably take up less than three expansion slots.
You can also highlight three power connectors (8 + 8 + 8) and the absence of a USB-C port, which is available on new generation AMD reference adapters.
Recall that the RX 7900 will be launched on December 13th. On the same day, reviews of new AMD products will be published. If the new 3D cards prove to be very successful for their prices, Nvidia can reduce the price of the GeForce RTX 4080, because it is 20% more expensive than the top RX 7900 XTX.
Intel graphics cards are drastically faster in some older games. Intel has worked on support for DirectX 9
Intel Arc graphics cards, among other things, have rather mediocre performance in older games. But today the company has released a fresh driver that significantly changes the situation, although not in all games.
The company has worked on optimization for some specific games, adding native support for DirectX 9. In particular, it is important to note Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, in which the performance of Arc adapters increased by almost 80%. The company has also worked on the 1% percentile, increasing the rate by up to 2.3 times, which should make the gameplay smoother.
Not all old games have received an impressive performance boost, but Intel can still be commended for continuing to work on its accelerators.
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