Review Gigabyte RTX 4090 Gaming OC Review: Taming the Beast

Between pricing, power, things melting I want nothing to do with this gen of Nvidia cards.

I'll wait to see what AMD has and if they suck too then I will just wait for next gen or pricing to drop like a rock.

Have to agree with you! This chase for max performance is not something I'm interested in. Same with current gen CPU's. Too much power draw.

It's almost cyclical. A good few years ago, power requirements went up dramatically for both GPU's and CPU's, and then dialled back a little with more efficient designs. Seems like we're here again. Hopefully the next gen or two will dial back power consumption to more reasonable levels, while maintaining a decent leap in performance over the previous gen. Specially where we are right now in a global sense, cost of living, utilities, and an ever-worsening climate situation. Electricity/Gas costs a bomb here in Europe. These GPU's just don't make sense for most people.
 

Tom Sunday

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I will just wait for next gen or pricing to drop like a rock.

I perfectly understand and appreciate your thinking! But most people with money in their pockets or ready to burn such in this still fledging economy, will usually not have the patience to wait things out. Yesterday I had a conversation at Microcenter with a senior citizen who was about to purchase and upgrading his Z690 EVGA Classified MB with a 13900K. He said: “It will make me happy, probably be flying better with my new RTX 4090 and it literally runs circles around all other CPU’s currently proffered on the market.” I in turn broached the subject about Intel breaking out their 14th generation CPU program in mere 10-months from now and it being a significantly larger tech-leap than jumping between the 12th and 13th generation. It turned out that money for him was of absolutely no consequence. I should have known better, that when one is tinkering with a halo class MB, a RTX 4090 and a 12900K must have, the world looks different and especially when viewed from my end of the food chain.
 

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I guess I'm glad these cards exist and continue to push the performance envelope, but I just never made the mental leap to need or want a 'flagship' GPU (much less an even larger case and even more power hungry power supply)... especially since, having had full-tower and mid-tower cases over the years, I transitioned to a SFF case that is cool, quiet and fits neatly under my desk, while realizing that I'm perfectly happy with my ultra wide QHD display.
 

JarredWaltonGPU

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@JarredWaltonGPU with the melting adapter and native cables issues, you Sir are a very brave man to go ahead and OC one of this beasts!
What's the worst that can happen? It's not like I leave the PC running and walk away for hours. If it melts, that would be sort of awesome and I could do an article on how I caused a 4090 to melt! LOL

I still suspect there's a better than reasonable chance Jonny Guru is right and that a few people didn't properly insert the connector. There's a lot of current running through there. Manufacturing defects are the only other real possibility. Given we never heard of people melting RTX 3090 or 3090 Ti 12-pin connections, and that the extra four sense pins make it a bit more difficult to fully insert the 16-pin connector, that seems the most likely option.

But until we have some official statement of cause and cure, it really muddies the RTX 40-series waters!
 
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I guess I'm glad these cards exist and continue to push the performance envelope, but I just never made the mental leap to need or want a 'flagship' GPU (much less an even larger case and even more power hungry power supply)... especially since, having had full-tower and mid-tower cases over the years, I transitioned to a SFF case that is cool, quiet and fits neatly under my desk, while realizing that I'm perfectly happy with my ultra wide QHD display.
I've been sticking flagship CPUs and GPUs into SFF cases for a couple generations now. The 4090FE still fits into some SFF cases and should work well in ones that take good advantage of flow through coolers. The C4-SFX(if it ever actually releases) looks like it would work well even in an air cooled build with a 7950X/13900K + 4090FE. Use an SX1000 PSU plus a 90 or 180 degree 12VHPWR adapter and powering it should be fine.
 

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Trying hard ... not ... to be ... grumpy old ... misery guts ... ack ...

Subjective: Quantity and/or quality of RGB a matter of total irrelevance to some people.

Pained gasping for breath

(Has no intention of ever letting one of these near the electricity bills. Not sure why the need was felt to comment at all).