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Gaming PC Catches Fire : Was It The RTX 3090 Or The PSU?

Gaming PC Catches Fire : Was It The RTX 3090 Or The PSU?

A Chinese gamer recently found his gaming PC on fire. Not like raking up the FPS in a game, but literally ON FIRE.

Take a look at the pictures, and tell us what do you think was the culprit!

 

Gaming PC Catches Fire : Was It The RTX 3090 Or The PSU?

A Chinese gamer came back from lunch, to find out that his PC was smoking and then, it caught fire and burned to a crisp. The fire took out the PlayStation 5 that was next to it.

He shared that his gaming PC was assembled in January 2020, and he only upgraded it last week with the ASUS ROG Strix RTX 3090 graphics card, and the Seasonic PRIME TX-1000 power supply.

That led to claims that it was either one of those two components that caused the fire. Take a look at these pictures, and see if you can figure out what happened…

Those who claim that no PS5 were injured in this fire, you can actually see the melted PlayStation 5 console to the left of the burnt gaming PC.

This was what it looked like inside the Cooler Master C700M chassis, after the fire was extinguished.

The yellow powder is ammonium phosphate, which is the main compound in dry chemical fire extinguishers. Great for quickly dousing electrical fires, but horrible for cleaning up.

There is literally nothing to salvage from this gaming PC – ammonium phosphate is corrosive and sticks to everything.

This is what the ASUS ROG Strix RTX3090 graphics card looked like after being strayed with fire extinguishing powder.

Note that the three 8-pin PCI Express power cables connected to the card have been burnt down to their copper wires, which turn green when oxidised.

Good cable management didn’t help against the fire… The green “fibres” are exposed copper wires in the cables – copper turns green when oxidised.

Here is what it looks like from the back of the motherboard tray…

While the Seasonic PRIME Titanium TX-1000 power supply appears intact, it is still a suspect and a possible accessory to the “crime”.

In fact, it looked like the power supply continued to supply electricity to whatever short circuit set off the fire, turning it into a major blaze.

Update : The gamer pointed out that he used only the original PSU cables. No third-party cables.

The wall behind the PC was scorched, and while the power points were initially suspected to be the cause, they were later ruled out – they are still working.

 

What Do You Think Made This Gaming PC Catch Fire?

This was the system specifications of his gaming PC :

CPU : Intel Core i9-9900KS
CPU Cooler : Corsair Hydro H150i Pro
Motherboard : ASUS ROG Maximus XI HERO
RAM : 4 x 8 GB G.SKILL DDR4-3200
Graphics Card : ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 3090 Gaming *
Storage : 2 x 500 GB Samsung 970 Evo Plus, 2TB Hikvision C2000 Pro
Chassis : Cooler Master C700M
Chassis Fans : 6 x ThermalTake Riing Plus 12

Power Supply : Seasonic PRIME Titanium TX-1000 **

* it was called an ASUS ROG RTX 3090 Raptor in the translation, apparently ASUS used 猛禽 instead of Strix in China, and that translates as Raptor.
** for those who have never heard of Seasonic, it is one of the largest PSU makers in the world

So what do you think set off the fire? Could it really be the ASUS ROG Strix RTX 3090 Gaming graphics card? Another case of overheating ROG graphics cards?

Or was it the Seasonic PRIME Titanium TX-1000 power supply? It may be top-of-the-line, but nothing is infallible!

Or could it be some other component? Like the motherboard? Or did the CPU water cooler leak? Tell us what YOU think!

 

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AORUS P850W + P750W – First AORUS PSUs Revealed!

Taipei, Taiwan, 16th July, 2018 — GIGABYTE today announced the release of AORUS P850W and P750W, the first PC power supplies from its premium AORUS brand. The new AORUS P850W and P750W PSUs feature 80 PLUS Gold power efficiency, silent operation, as well as modular customization, and enhanced durability.

 

AORUS P850W + P750W 80 PLUS GOLD Modular PSUs

80 PLUS Gold certified, the AORUS P820W and P750W PSUs deliver  over 90% energy efficiency at typical loads, ensuring power waste is kept at a minimum. With less heat and reduced fan noise, gamers with either AORUS PSU will enjoy a cooler and quieter gaming environment.

High Reliability

The AORUS P850W and P750W PSUs use Japanese capacitors and premium internal components throughout the design for greater reliability and extended lifespan. The single +12V rail ensures the best power output with stability for overclocking.

Smart Fan

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The 135 mm smart fan will automatically adjust its fan speed according to the temperature and power usage. When the power usage is lower than 20%, the fan will automatically turn off to reduce power consumption. The fan uses an ultra-durable double ball bearing design, which boasts a rated lifespan of over 50,000 hours.

Protection

The AORUS P850W and P750W power supplies not only have built-in OVP / OPP / SCP / UVP / OCP / OTP circuit protection designs, but have also undergone rigorous testing of various safety regulations in various countries.

 

AORUS P850W + P750W Specifications

SpecificationsP850W 80+ GOLD ModularP750W 80+ GOLD Modular
ModelGP-AP850GMGP-AP750GM
Form Factor SupportIntel Form Factor ATX 12V v2.31Intel Form Factor ATX 12V v2.31
Output Capacity850 W750 W
Input Voltage100-240 Vac (full range)100-240 Vac (full range)
Input Current10 A10 A
Input Frequency47-63 Hz47-63 Hz
Fan Type135 mm double ball bearing fan135 mm double ball bearing fan
PFC TypeActive PFC (>0.9 typical)Active PFC (>0.9 typical)
80 PLUS RatingGoldGold
Efficiency90% at typical load90% at typical load
MTBF>100,000 hours>100,000 hours
ProtectionOVP / OPP / SCP / UVP / OCP / OTPOVP / OPP / SCP / UVP / OCP / OTP
Power Good Signal100ms ~ 150ms100ms ~ 150ms
Hold Up Time> 16 msec at full load (115V)> 16 msec at full load (115V)
Cable TypeFlat, Black colourFlat, Black colour
Connectors + CablesATX/MB 20+4 Pin x 1 : 650 mm
CPU/EPS 4+4 Pin x 2 : 800 mm x 2 , 650 mm x 1
PCI-e 6+2 Pin x 6 : 750mm x 2 , 650mm+150mm x 2
SATA x6 + 4 Pin Peripheral x 2 :
550mm+100mm+100mm+100mm x 1
450mm+100mm+100mm+100mm x 1
4 Pin Peripheral x 4 : 450mm+100mm+100mm+100mm x 1
4 Pin Floppy x 1 : 100mm
ATX/MB 20+4 Pin x 1 : 650 mm
CPU/EPS 4+4 Pin x 2 : 800 mm x 2 , 650 mm x 1
PCI-e 6+2 Pin x 6 : 750mm x 2 , 650mm+150mm x 2
SATA x6 + 4 Pin Peripheral x 2 :
550mm+100mm+100mm+100mm x 1
450mm+100mm+100mm+100mm x 1
4 Pin Peripheral x 4 : 450mm+100mm+100mm+100mm x 1
4 Pin Floppy x 1 : 100mm
Dimensions150 mm x 160 mm x 86 mm150 mm x 160 mm x 86 mm

 

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The Cooler Master MasterBox Pro 5 Revealed!

Cooler Master just announced an updated variant of their popular MasterBox 5 mid-tower case. The new MasterBox Pro 5 (Price Check) builds upon the flexibility of the MasterBox 5 with a transparent front panel and a tempered glass side panel to show off your hardware.

 

The Cooler Master MasterBox Pro 5 Key Features

Go large

The MasterBox Pro 5 (Price Check) features a flexible internal layout, allowing you to fit massive E-ATX motherboards in its compact dimensions. The motherboard tray features well-placed cutouts to allow you to make space for gigantic 410mm / 16.2” long graphics cards and 360mm radiators. Fully load out all the drive bays with support for up to four drives. It’s all up to you. You are in control of the space in the MasterBox Pro 5.

Keep your cool

All the high-end hardware that the MasterBox Pro 5 (Price Check) can accommodate will definitely require great cooling to keep them running optimally. To achieve that, you can either go the air-cooling route with support for up to four 120mm fans (three in front, one at the rear), or opt for liquid cooling with support for 240mm, 280mm and 360mm radiators. The MasterBox Pro 5 also has plenty of cutouts for cable management, so your wires are never in the way of your airflow.

Make them drool

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The MasterBox Pro 5 (Price Check) comes with a 4mm thick edge-to-edge tempered glass side panel which lets you show off your build. A built-in PSU cover and ample space for cable routing behind the motherboard tray ensures that you won’t have unruly cables snaking their way around your case.

A transparent front panel is also brought over from the MasterBox 5 Dual Tone to help it stand out from all the other boring cases. If that’s not enough, go for the MasterCase Pro 5 RGB for even more bling. The MasterCase Pro 5 RGB comes with three 120mm RGB fans in front and a RGB connector splitter certified for ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI and ASRock motherboards.

 

Pricing & Availability

The following MasterBox Pro 5 models are now available for purchase in Malaysia.

  • MasterBox Pro 5 : RM 339 / ~US$ 80 (US Price Check)
  • MasterBox Pro 5 RGB : RM 399 / ~US$ 95

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The Cooler Master MasterWatt 80 Plus Bronze Series Revealed!

Cooler Master, celebrating its 25th anniversary, today announced the new MasterWatt 80 Plus Bronze-certified line of power supplies. Cooler Master created the MasterWatt line for people seeking premium features in a Bronze efficiency power supply.

 

The Cooler Master MasterWatt 80 Plus Bronze PSUs

The new Cooler Master MasterWatt 80 Plus Bronze line of power supplies offers an improved fully modular design, enhanced cables, and an innovative semi-fanless system. Inside, a dual forward / DC-to-DC circuit design ensures stable +12V output even in cross loading conditions.

Quiet Cooling

 

The Cooler Master 120mm Silencio FP fan combines sealed LDB bearings with quiet fan blades offering a long lifetime of quiet cooling.

The power supply can also output without a fan up to 15% of rated wattage, while its hybrid controller has a gradual fan curve, yielding little to no noise, while delivering the customary cooling required at all output levels.

With a peak noise level under 30dBA, it also meets strict targets for lower noise pollution.

Longer & Thicker Cables

The MasterWatt 80 Plus Bronze line uses 16AWG wires for PCIe cables, allowing up to 10 amps of power instead of just 6.4 amps. It also delivers less resistance and better efficiency for a safer user environment.

To accommodate larger cases and the trend of better cable management, the cables are 14% longer than previous generations.

Dual Forward & DC-to-DC Circuit Design

The Dual Forward and DC-to-DC Circuit Design offers greater reliability and stability, especially for the +3.3V and +5V outputs. It also ensures a stable +12V output even in cross-loading conditions.

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Warranty

The new Cooler Master MasterWatt 80 Plus Bronze line of power supplies are covered by a 5-year warranty.

 

Price & Availability

The new power supplies are available for purchase right now, at the following recommended retail prices :

  • Cooler Master MasterWatt 750 : RM 389 / ~US$ 93
  • Cooler Master MasterWatt 650 : RM 339 / ~US$ 81
  • Cooler Master MasterWatt 550 : RM 299 / ~US$ 71

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Power Your AMD Ryzen With Corsair DDR4, Hydro Cooler & PSU

FREMONT, CA – February 28th 2017 – CORSAIR today announced its extensive compatibility for the groundbreaking new range of AMD Ryzen processors and the AM4 platform. With a completely new CPU architecture, chipset and CPU socket, AMD Ryzen demands the latest in performance PC hardware. With a wide range of compatible DDR4 memory, liquid CPU coolers and PSUs, CORSAIR has everything enthusiasts need to make AMD Ryzen CPUs run to the full extent of their abilities.

“CORSAIR is uniquely positioned for the launch of AMD Ryzen with an outstanding range of not just high-performance DDR4 memory, but liquid CPU cooling and power supplies as well,” said Travis Kirsch Director, Product Management, Client at AMD. “CORSAIR offers everything system builders need to get the absolute best performance from AMD Ryzen and the new AM4 platform.”

 

Ryzen-Compatible Corsair Memory, Watercooler & PSU Models

AMD Ryzen CPUs require the latest DDR4 memory and CORSAIR has a growing range of AMD Ryzen qualified high-performance DDR4 memory, with more kits being certified for Ryzen processors every day. Launching with Vengeance LPX 16GB, 32GB and 64GB kits running at 2,133MHz and 2,400MHz, and Dominator Platinum 16GB running at 3,000MHz, CORSAIR has the DDR4 memory to match your choice of AMD Ryzen build.

AMD Ryzen processors dynamically adjust and optimize performance based on power and temperature conditions; lower temperatures mean higher clock speeds and better benchmarks. With the addition of a CORSAIR Hydro Series liquid CPU cooler, you’re able to cool Ryzen processors to temperatures substantially lower than when using standard air cooling, allowing for higher clock speeds, better performance and easier overclocking.

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AMD Ryzen processors also bring an entirely new CPU socket, AM4, and the CORSAIR Hydro Series H60, H110i and H100i are ready right out of the box to deliver superior liquid CPU cooling to socket AM4 Ryzen CPUs. The rest of the CORSAIR Hydro Series range of coolers are also fully compatible with AMD Ryzen and AM4 via an additional mounting bracket. CORSAIR is proud to announce that, for a limited time, an AM4 bracket will be supplied, upon request, to all qualifying Hydro Series owners free of charge, including shipping to EU, USA and select other countries. Brackets start shipping on March 2nd.

What’s the use of performance without the power to supply it? CORSAIR PSUs have been trusted by PC enthusiasts for over a decade, winning hundreds of industry and reviewer awards thanks to a complete commitment to quality, reliable and performance. Now that legacy comes to AMD Ryzen, with every CORSAIR PSU fully compatible with all new AMD X370, B350 and X320 chipset motherboards. Equip the legendary 80-PLUS Titanium AX1500i, the low-noise 80-PLUS GOLD RMx series, or the dependable 80-PLUS Bronze CX series to complete your Ryzen system.

 

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Huntkey GS500 & GS600 PSUs Now 80 PLUS Certified

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, February 1st , 2016 – Huntkey, a global leader in power supplies, surge protectors, adapters and chargers, today announced that its newly released Huntkey GS500 and GS600 power supplies have been certified by voluntary certification program 80 PLUS.

The Huntkey GS500 and GS600 are Huntkey’s latest power supplies and are specially designed for gaming. They support PCIE 6+2Pin cables which allows gamers to play games with two graphic cards, while the 80 PLUS certification pledges their energy saving and environmental protection capabilities.

The large 12cm fan can better cool down the power supply and lower noise, and the CB, CE certifications meet the demands of a greater number of countries.

“We always aim to provide products that adapt more to users’ needs,” said Ferris Liao, global sales director of Huntkey. “The Huntkey GS500 and GS600 do exactly that.”

 

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