As long as Nvidia can demonstrate that its own GPUs and adapters are made of materials that meet the 94V-0 standard (self-extinguishing materials) then Nvidia's own liability may not extend much beyond components directly damaged by the GPU and cable before they could put themselves out.Just wait until NVidia has to buy customers a new house because of this
And a signed leather jacket from jensen himself!
If you are going to send 50A down a bunch of #16 wires and tiny pins, you'd better have some form of active per-pin current balancing (ex.: 3-4 Vcore phases hard-wired to each individual socket pin) to make sure all pins and wires are contributing roughly equal current under all circumstances and that any excess droop on any pin which would indicate a bad wire or connection gets reported to the user so it can be fixed.
As long as Nvidia can demonstrate that its own GPUs and adapters are made of materials that meet the 94V-0 standard (self-extinguishing materials) then Nvidia's own liability may not extend much beyond components directly damaged by the GPU and cable before they could put themselves out.
I wouldn't go as far as you did with the language used, however, no matter the merit people of my ilk (Citizens of the USA) are famously litigious. You see people sue companies for significantly less. I would not doubt a lawsuit in the future if enough people are impacted by this issue.At the very least there will be a class action lawsuit, unless the recall happens soon. The recall is coming. Its only a matter of when. I give it a couple of months, max. AMD is going to have a field day with this dumpster fire at their keynote. "Don't worry gamers, you will never have to worry about your GPU catching fire". Shots fired!!!!
The only thing that I can foresee getting recalled is straight HPWR cables and adapters since they are practically unusable in just about any reasonable PC case without bending. Nobody wants their GPU power cables sticking out straight into the side panel in a normal slot, straight up in a bracket mount with riser where it gets in the way of accessing everything else or straight into the front panel for GPUs with power connectors on the end.At the very least there will be a class action lawsuit, unless the recall happens soon. The recall is coming. Its only a matter of when. I give it a couple of months, max.
I predict any such 'audit' will merely find out that the connectors do indeed meet or outperform all of their specs through the whole 30 insert-remove specified service life when assembled and installed in accordance with the manufacturer's procedures. I strongly suspect the failure is with the application of the connector, not the connector itself.Someone needs to go back to the pin manufacturer and verify their specs and production processes. When the pins mate, there should be a specified max contact resistance. There should also be some max variation in the resistance.
What a cluster for consumers. You'd think extra attention would have been paid to the design and production of the adapters knowing the power load they would be handling.
Since the cable dissections show that it is very likely the problems are due to the copper strips wires are soldered to ripping apart, this ripping can occur gradually: continuous forces from gravity, hitting an obstruction or other wiring-induced forces, vibrations, etc. can initiate a tear and slowly rip a piece apart with thermal cycles.Since they have been only recently released, it's possible that the cases of melting currently reported are just the tip of the iceberg.