Corsair has offered a public apology following an incident in which one of its staff members was discovered calling certain claims made by Gamers Nexus and Guru3D in their reviews of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Founders Edition “total bullshit.” The staffer didn’t seem to agree on their notion about how the flagship graphics card requires all four connectors on the adapter to be connected in order to enable overclocking, but apparently, they were right—or, at the very least, when it comes to the part supplied by NVIDIA. Corsair says that it holds both reviewers in high regard and regrets these “inflammatory and incorrect” comments.
From a Kotaku report:
The drama arose last week when the hugely-popular hardware channel Gamers Nexus posted a review (and some benchmarks) of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Founders Edition. In that video, they say plugging in only three of the card’s four cables (in case your PSU for whatever reason only had room for three 8-pin connections) would lock you to 100% performance, and that only by plugging in all four would you be allowed to overclock the card. Guru3D’s review says much the same thing.
The comments in question, as shared by Gamers Nexus, which has since shared a video addressing the “bullshit” claims:
QUESTION: Has anyone else seen the misinformation about the sense pins and the magical 600W unlock from anyone other than GamersNexus and Guru3D or is it just those two sites? I need to throw Nvidia a couple links showing them how confused user… and the press… are about their smart sense pins.
Total bullshit and they don’t even realize it. Yes. The adapter has two sense wires. Yes. The card works with only one sense wire attached. It’s because it’s a 450W card. It’s not because it has the ability to be ‘unlocked’ requiring the second sense wire.
The card simply doesn’t know. It’s not intelligent in that way. It only looks for one sense pin.