I hope Nvidia never makes an RTX 5090

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A manus grabbing MSI's RTX 4090 Suprim X.Jacob Roach / Digital Trends

For each nan controversies astir GPU prices, insane powerfulness requirements, and monolithic coolers, Nvidia’s RTX 4090 remains 1 of nan best graphics cards you tin buy. It’s uncompromising successful its power, and it’s nan cleanable halo merchandise to beryllium connected apical of nan current-gen GPUs. I don’t deliberation Nvidia should return different plaything astatine this people of GPU, though.

For arsenic powerful arsenic nan RTX 4090 is, it’s only go much evident that it’s a problematic GPU. Trying to present specified a high-end GPU successful a user PC has immoderate unforeseen consequences, each of which we’ve seen travel to ray complete nan past year. It’s difficult to ideate that Nvidia will skip making an RTX 5090, but I dream it shows immoderate restraint successful nan adjacent generation.

Melting connectors

The RTX 4090 isn’t really built for gaming. It’s a monster gaming GPU — conscionable publication our RTX 4090 review — but I’m talking astir its construction. This is simply a 450-watt graphics paper that has up to 600W of powerfulness connected tap, and a size that commonly occupies 3 slots and sometimes moreover more. It’s big, it’s heavy, and it’s crazy powerful.

A personification holds nan connectors of an Nvidia 12VHPWR cablegram from an RTX 4090 graphics card. The ends of nan connectors are burned and melted from wherever nan cablegram has overheated.Shiftyeyes67k / Reddit

It’s amazingly powerfulness businesslike fixed nan capacity Nvidia is capable to accomplish, but again, it’s nan beingness building that’s a problem. Most obviously, nan powerfulness connector. We’ve heard astir melting RTX 4090 connectors advertisement nauseum, pinch nan 12VHPWR cablegram nan paper requires hardly holding up to nan 600 watts of powerfulness tin of walking crossed it.

We now cognize that nan pouring rumor comes down to users not afloat seating nan plug, but arsenic GamersNexus points out, it’s a very easy correction to make. The harm had already been done, too. Investigations into nan rumor claimed immoderate connectors were amended than others, and 3rd parties jumped connected releasing their ain “safer” alternatives. Then these connectors started to melt, voiding nan card’s warranty successful nan process.

We’ve been seeing pouring RTX 4090 connectors for complete a twelvemonth now, and though location are galore much safe RTX 4090s than melted ones, it’s not really a consequence you want to return connected a $1,600 GPU. This really comes down to powerfulness demands, too. Last generation’s RTX 3090 was rated astatine 350W and required a 12-pin connector that divided into 2 8-pin connectors. The RTX 4090 is rated astatine 450W pinch an updated 12-pin connector that splits into four 8-pin connectors.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 is shown on pinch a manus holding nan powerfulness cablegram adapter.Jacob Roach / Digital Trends

The GPU itself is very powerfulness efficient, overmuch much truthful than nan RTX 3090, but that doesn’t get astir nan pouring issue. It’s repeatable moreover astatine mill settings, and nan connector wasn’t robust capable to grip that overmuch powerfulness if it was moreover somewhat removed from its plug. Thankfully, nan updated 12V-2×6 connector is easier to woody with, but nan original RTX 4090 flew excessively adjacent to nan sun.

Cracking PCBs

A large problem pinch nan original connector wasn’t conscionable lazy builders. It’s nan monolithic size of nan RTX 4090. Even successful a freely PC lawsuit for illustration nan Lian Li PC-O11D, you’d person to property nan connector up against nan broadside sheet successful a horizontal orientation. That’s conscionable for Nvidia’s design. Third-party models are moreover much cumbersome.

We’re learning that size has much implications extracurricular of smashing nan connector. We recently saw a report from NorthridgeFix, a YouTube transmission and repair shop successful California, that showed 19 RTX 4090 cards pinch a cracked printed circuit committee (PCB). The YouTuber and repair technician says this is owed to nan weight of nan card, which causes it to sag without a support.

A cracked PCB connected nan RTX 4090.NorthridgeFix

GPU supports aren’t a caller concept, but you haven’t needed to interest astir them excessively overmuch successful nan past. For cards dense capable to require a support, nan shaper mostly included 1 pinch nan card. The galore variations of nan RTX 4090 situation those supports, however, pinch immoderate clocking successful astatine adjacent to 8 pounds.

Just for illustration nan pouring connector problem, this comes down to personification error. However, it’s difficult to put nan blasted connected nan personification afloat erstwhile specified a monstrous paper is truthful impractical successful truthful galore PCs. If cracked PCBs and pouring connectors are communal enough, possibly nan paper was excessively overmuch for nan user market.

A different people of GPU

The large problem pinch nan RTX 4090, however, is nan abstraction is occupies successful Nvidia’s lineup. We’ve seen this people of graphics paper earlier pinch Nvidia’s Titan bid of GPUs, but there’s ever been a clear separation betwixt nan desktop lineup for gaming, and nan cards that could straddle nan statement betwixt gaming and master work. The RTX 4090 blurs that line.

The lineup would antecedently extremity astatine nan RTX XX80 people of GPU, pinch either a Titan aliases RTX XX90 people occupying nan high-end. This generation, Nvidia has nan rather disappointing RTX 4080 astatine $1,200 and nan exceptional RTX 4090 astatine $1,600. It’s an action for high-end gamers that are considering a GPU that costs complete $1,000.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 GPU.Jacob Roach / Digital Trends

We don’t cognize really galore RTX 4090s customers bought compared to different cards, but it surely marks a displacement successful Nvidia’s positioning. Instead of an optional other connected apical of nan flagship model, nan RTX 4090 is nan caput honcho. It’s nan paper that gamers salivate over. It’s nan golden standard. That’s unluckily only amplified nan issues pinch nan card.

I’m convinced Nvidia will merchandise an RTX 5090 whenever we spot next-gen GPUs, but I dream it isn’t arsenic problematic arsenic nan RTX 4090 is. Don’t get maine wrong, nan RTX 4090 is simply a awesome card. But trying to execute specified precocious capacity successful a PC built for gaming has shown immoderate broadside effects, and it would beryllium a shame to spot those mistakes repeated.

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