NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 users reporting crashes in games
While the availability of the GeForce RTX 3080 is relatively limited, those who got their hands on one are already reporting crashes when gaming. The issue seems to suggest an issue with the boost clocks, and it appears to be pretty widespread with users complaining that they are crashing to desktop for seemingly no reason other than their spanking new graphics card.
Interestingly the issue seems to only occur when the boost clocks goes above 2GHz. We didn’t encounter any issues with our GeForce RTX 3080 cards during testing, so it might actually be a bad batch of GPUs. Some have pointed towards driver issues, although we did test a TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3080 OC Edition on the Beta drivers before the release of the public version, as well as a GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 3080 Eagle OC on the latest public drivers for the RTX 3080, without encountering similar issues.
The issue appears to be affecting ZOTAC, MSI and EVGA as well NVIDIA Founders Edition cards, although it remains to be seen if other vendors’ cards are also affected. For now, it seems that downclocking the cards by 100MHz and disabling Hardware-accelerated GPU planning in Windows 10 alleviates the issue. NVIDIA and their board partners have yet to provide an official response, although we do expect a resolution soon.
Pokdepinion: Early birds in tech are usually the ones that catches the bugs. Literally.