Asus Republic of Players (ROG) has introduced that customers of chosen energy provides can get a free official 16-pin energy cable for “extra peace of thoughts.” It have to be speaking about connector gate, the place energy cables related to Nvidia’s flagship GeForce RTX 4090 have been reportedly melting, at an alarming price. Discover of this free 16-pin supply was posted earlier at present on official Asus ROG social media channels in China, like this one on Bilibili.
The picture above reveals Asus ROG is providing 16-pin energy cabling to homeowners of Strix sequence PSUs (left) and first-gen Thor PSUs (proper). It characterizes its actions as “giving again to loyal customers,” and invitations anybody to use for the free official 16-pin cable by way of an Asus ROG WeChat channel.
In some accompanying explanatory textual content, Asus ROG China highlights some vital T&Cs, earlier than floods of individuals begin asking for the free cable. It says that first-gen Asus ROG Thor and Strix PSU homeowners can apply for a free cable, so long as their PSU is rated for 850W output or higher. Nonetheless, Asus is not ignoring homeowners of ROG Strix 750W PSUs. When you have a kind of PSUs, the corporate is asking for a proof of buy for a GeForce RTX 40 GPU to qualify for a free official cable. Asus causes that “750W is known as a little small to be trustworthy,” but it surely may be ample for the RTX 4080 or RTX 4070 Ti with 16-pin energy connectors.
Newer gen Asus ROG PSUs with greater wattages, just like the Thor II, ought to include 16-pin connectors as commonplace, within the modular cabling bundle, however test the actual product specs earlier than buying.
For these not following Nvidia’s unlucky connector-gate drama, it’s typically believed that official 16-pin energy cables provided with PSUs (slightly than bundled GPU adaptors) are much less prone to endure from melting points, although there have seemingly been one or two situations on the contrary.
There are virtually as many views on connector-gate as there are tech specialists on YouTube. So we’re nonetheless ready for some official evaluation and / or steering from Nvidia or heavyweight AIB companions. There was a quick Nvidia assertion concerning the dual-sourcing of 16-pin energy adaptors at present, however the firm’s minions should nonetheless be very busy investigating and placing a report collectively.