Rtx 3080s Are Crashing

Rtx 3080s are crashing

The Main Point

For now, because rtx 3080s are crashing,  you should be careful about purchasing a Rtx 3080 from any company other than Nvidia. Nvidia has released drivers to fix this, but they may lower the boost clock on some cards. Also, it is unclear whether or not this fix will work in the long run.

Nvidia Rtx 3080

The new rtx 3000 series of Nvidia graphics cards is set to be a huge jump for the industry. It has been years since the last jump in performance this large. But, the road to better performance isn’t entirely smooth. As soon as 3080s launched, they were immediately bought out by a bunch of bots. Only a few people were actually able to get their hands on one. Now, there seem to be even further issues. Now, 3080s from companies other than Nvidia are reportedly crashing. This could be due to multiple reasons, but Nvidia has released a patch for it. Now we just have to see if this fully fixes the issue without any performance impacts.

The original issues

The first report of this problem was that 3080s from companies other than Nvidia were crashing. We did not know what was causing this issue, and we still don’t know exactly what the problem was. It is likely caused by a number of issues. The original idea was that it was due to cheaper capacitors. The Nvidia cards have 2 girds of smaller capacitors, which are more expensive. This is different from the base specs that Nvidia says that the cards need. According to Nvidia’s base specs for the 3080, it has to at least have one grid of smaller capacitors, and one grid of larger capacitors, which are cheaper. Many manufacturers used these base specs for their cards, so when they started crashing it was assumed that it had to do with these capacitors. Now, we know that according to JayzTwoCents, we think that it is due to the fact that manufacturers had blueprints and began to make the cards, but did not have access to drivers. This kept them from testing the cards, which is likely what the problem sprung from.

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Nvidia's fix

Nvidia has attempted to fix this issue by releasing some new drivers for 3080 cards. These drivers are supposed to stabilize the cards and keep them from crashing anymore. According to Nvidia, this should have no impact on performance. So far, there have been no reports about the cards still crashing. Nvidia’s small tweak seems to have fixed the problem. Although, it is hard not wonder whether this could have all been avoided if companies had been given the drivers for cards before launch. This would have allowed them to test their cards and tweak any possible issues. But, now that this problem is supposedly fixed, it doesn’t really matter. We can’t change the past. But, we still need to see whether this impacts performance.

Performance changes

Nvidia has claimed that these new drivers will have no performance impact, but this needs to actually be tested. According to the tests that we have seen so far, this depends on the card and the game. There are either small performance impacts or none at all. This seems pretty good, but if you want the max amount of performance, you should do some research on which cards still run at their top clock. Some cards will have larger or smaller performance impacts than others. Nvidia cards are not impacted by this at all, as Nvidia cards didn’t have a problem at all. That said, Nvidia cards aren’t the most powerful out of all of the cards out there, so you can find some more powerful cards. Either way, it seems like Nvidia did a pretty good job fixing this issue.

The Main Point

For now, because RTX 3080s are crashing,  you should be careful about purchasing a Rtx 3080 from any company other than Nvidia. Nvidia has released drivers to fix this, but they may lower the boost clock on some cards. Also, it is unclear whether or not this fix will work in the long run. Even so, you might not even be able to get your hands on a 3080 for a while. Just make sure not to buy one from a reseller, it’s not worth it.

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