- Mar 18, 2013
That's not the issue tho.
The generalizations and theories that are all inaccurate is what techJesus was complaining about at the end of the video.
Watch the whole thing. They ran over 600W thru just 2 pins/wires and had no issues, no overheating, and no melting.
The real issue is 2 things. 1) the bumps in one of the connectors where metal shavings are rubbed off and basically provide a 'filament' like in an old incandescent bulb, that will heat up, and 2) poorly seated cables.
#2 is where the design could have been better. And very likely, they can just update the male half of those connections (the wire side connector) to provide better seating in the female side, plus a better latch, and those issues will be much rarer. Technically I guess it's the female side, since there are pins in the connector on the card. The metal pieces just need some re-engineering, and the male plastic jacket around that metal female connector can be thinned a few thousanths of an inch, and they will slide in easier. Latch re-design wouldn't hurt either. All of this can be done to the wire side connector. The cards shouldn't need any change, and the adapters can be made more reliable as well as more idiot proof. If you got one right now with the original design, just be careful to fully insert it (always get permission first), and no sharp bends (ouch).
It's only happened to less than 0.1% (estimated between 50 and 100 out of 100,000 unit sold), so pretty uncommon. But that count is still too high. Redesigning the male side should clean it up. I also think nVidia should have included a 90degree adapter with every card.
Oh btw 600W =! metric shit ton, but it is heavy for most nerd types.
So... I'm wrong but you agree with me?
BTW 600W through that connector is a lot for us electrical engineer types. It's not a failure waiting to happen, but the fault tolerance is uncomfortable. They need to up the QC, up the quality of the materials, and improve their usability.
I would fix this problem through a few changes. First, I would make the connector a different colour, red with black pins or some such, that way the end user can easily see if it's seated properly. If the red doesn't touch the red you know the connection isn't complete. I would NEVER bury the connector in the GPU shroud where it's difficult to see. In a perfect world I would make the connector 50% bigger and make most of these issues go away.
Of course, the filthy, smelly, dim witted, nose picking, messy haired, skinny jeans wearing designers would never allow a big, red connector to bruise the aesthetic of the card. Fuckers.
Wait until the real shitters making back alley knock-off connectors start selling their wares.