HDMI ugh! I love HDMI 2.1 but yeah, cables+connectors are an ongoing issue. I'm always saying that I could write a book about them with all the experiences I've personally had since the 1st gen.I have no idea, but judging from the amount of broken HDMI connectors I see on repair channels, some people do like to connect/disconnect stuff a lot.
Yea people get utterly STUPID with how they treat cables and connectors outside of a case. I had to tell my wife.. "That is not meant to bend that way... STOP doing that you will ruin the port or the cable." Thankfully she took it to heart... now asks me when I'm doing wiring stuff if that's too much of a bend.. lol.I have no idea, but judging from the amount of broken HDMI connectors I see on repair channels, some people do like to connect/disconnect stuff a lot.
Well, the power cables themselves get plenty hot - current flow generates heat because of internal resistance. Especially modern systems where we are looking at 250W+ CPUs and 450W+ GPUs -- that's why they have so many parallel connections (PCIe, EATX connectors, etc), to try to keep the current down in any single cable run.I've been heavily focused on air solutions for everything up to now and noticed that my PCIe power cables are often almost completely inflexible after years of all that hot air being circulated
It stacks up quickly. I was fiddling with my backup PC today, and I had to connect it, then disconnect it about 6 times before everything seemed to work as intended (well, almost). Sometimes everything works on the 1st try, but that's rare.But short of benchmarking who is doing that much connecting/disconnecting?
when you consider the amount of power that has to flow through those connections... that will degrade the metal, add on top of that the friction of uncommonly tight connections as tend to be used these days.... it makes sense.I doubt the thing has a counter on it and it will instantly fall apart at disconnect #31. But yeah, just the fact they published it makes me think it's more fragile than a typical connector
What would've made sense is having larger plugs so the contact area is larger. This is the apple way of designing things, dancing on the edge of the precipice. By using the least possible margins, like putting a high voltage LCD power pin next to a data pin going directly to the GPU die.when you consider the amount of power that has to flow through those connections... that will degrade the metal, add on top of that the friction of uncommonly tight connections as tend to be used these days.... it makes sense.
I was thinking this way myself. The power draw on these components is starting to get out of hand.The more I read and watch videos on this the less I'm comfortable with ATX 3.0. Who thought it was a good idea to pull so much power through such tiny pins? And now I'm hearing that if you don't have an ATX 3.0 PSU with the 4 pin data connector that the GPU can inadvertently pull it's full power through 1 of the 3-4 leads on the adapter plug.
There are going to be fires. There are going to be lawsuits. Guaranteed.
I predict this power connection format will be short lived and updated sooner than we all think.