Gigabyte and Newegg are both in bad hot seats after some experts claimed that the power supplies included in the retailer’s bundling program could explode!
Gigabyte and Newegg recently released their bundling program, which offers the popular power supply units of the giant hardware creator’s GP-P750GM and GP-P850GM models. Since PSUs are currently running out of stocks, many consumers were very excited since they were able to grab one of their own.
However, a new test confirmed that Gigabyte’s power supplies have major flaws, which could lead to serious malfunctions. On the other hand, involved tech enthusiasts claimed that GP-P750GM and GP-P850GM could even explode, which could definitely destroy your GPU and even your entire computer setup.
An investigation into Gigabyte power supplies has found that an unacceptable number of units suffer failures, many of them explosively. What makes all of this worse is that the same two model numbers known to be affected were part of Newegg’s forced bundling program earlier this year.
Since there’s no way of knowing which units are faulty and which are not, tech experts who studied the affected Gigabyte power supplies shared their advice. They suggested if you have one of these two power supplies, the best thing you can do is remove it from service.
After that, you must contact Newegg or Gigabyte to arrange the replacement of the unit. Because many sources claimed that they are faulty and could lead to serious explosions, you could also return the PSUs even if they are not malfunctioning yet.
How Serious is PSU Failure?
Tech experts claimed that PSU malfunction is quite different from GPU failure. When it comes to GPU failure, the graphics card is the only one affected. However, in the case of Gigabyte power supplies, the RAM, storage, and other internal and external components are also at risk of failure.
Aside from this, Gigabyte PSU’s major flaws could also burst into flames without any warning, setting your whole computer on fire. According to follow-up testing conducted by Gamers Nexus on these units, fully 5 in 10 samples of 750W and 850W PSUs they tested failed explosively. This is backed up by a TechPowerUp review of the same 750W unit.
Experts who tested the developer’s PSU models said that “the primary switching FETs blew up with a hell of a bang. Meanwhile, some consumers consider this issue not surprising at all since Newegg has not been a good partner to PC builders or gamers throughout the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Exploding PSU is not the only problem of the computer component developer. Previously, the tech giant creator is said to have been hacked by cybercriminals and other online attackers. These malicious actors allegedly stole 112GB of data, as well as AMD and Intel personal details and other important information.
The hack took place last week and was perpetrated by RansomEXX, a group of hackers specializing in creating ransomware attacks that target high-profile companies. As the giant tech developer works with a lot of confidential data, such as new products and hardware, it would seem that the attackers targeted the company based on the amount of potential data which could be used for payment or leaked to the public.