The Nvidia RTX 3080, which went on sale on September 17, was previously confirmed by Leifeng.com to have been sold out. The new graphics card was sold on eBay for more than $1,000 at the original cost of $699. On Amazon, the cost of scalpers was even more exaggerated, at $5,000. The price is 7 times the price of the original.
This triggered customer frustration, and Nvidia replied urgently to related questions. The GeForce RTX 3080 is stated to be in full production, and Nvidia started shipping GPUs to partners in August and is increasing supply every week, aiming to satisfy this unprecedented demand by increasing production capacity and reminding customers to beware of scalpers.
In this way, it’s worth congratulating if you’re one of the few fortunate ones to steal the Nvidia RTX 3080 before the robot! But I hope this purchase won’t make you regret it, because more and more early adopters complain that during different desktop games, their shiny new RTX 3080 graphics card would crash.
The first English VideoCardz website claimed that a third-party factory’s overclocked RTX 3080 had unexplained crashes or severe graphics flaws during gaming, such as ZOTAC, MSI, and Gigabyte. Related discussions have quickly increased since the issue was revealed, and complaints have appeared on websites such as Reddit, LinusTechTips, and official forums for Nvidia.
What is the problem?
In short, when the GPU model concerned reaches a clock frequency of 2.0 GHz or higher, the desktop will crash the card.
A convincing investigation report was released by Igor ‘s LAB, which found a series of cheap capacitors in GPU models that identified problems for users.
For filtering and providing “clean” power, each RTX 3080 has six capacitors on the back of the GPU. The Igor Lab study clarified that some GPU models have used a mix of cheaper (POPSCAP, tantalum polymer capacitors) and more costly (MLCC, ceramic laminated capacitors) capacitors.
Instead of using more costly MLCC capacitors (highlighted in green below), ‘issue cards’ appear to use cheaper POSCAP (highlighted in red below).
Condenser array on the Nvidia RTX 3080 Founders Edition card, source image: Laboratory Igor
There are two significant circumstances: First, these issues are not demonstrated by Nvidia’s own Founders Edition card (probably because Nvidia uses a condenser combination).
Secondly, the disassembly suggests that higher-cost condensers are used by ASUS TUF RTX 3080.
While capacitors are not officially known as the perpetrator, YouTuber JayzTwoCents claims that this is probably due to the GPU itself’s low-quality power supply, which generates noise and makes the GPU at higher clock speeds more unstable.
Jacob Freeman, the board partner of Nvidia, EVGA, also said through public relations: “We found that the solution using 6 POSCAP capacitors did not pass the actual application test during our mass production quality control test. We spent almost a week before production. To find the reason, we reduced the number of POSCAP capacitors to 4 and added 20 MLCC capacitors. This is the reason for the postponement of the capacitors.”
what can you do?
Not purchasing a new graphics card on the first day is the best advice. In subsequent mass development, you should wait for the first batch of users to discover such problems and address them.
If the accelerated clock can not be labelled on the package, why not choose to return it? If not, you can use programs like MSI Afterburner to reduce the frequency of the GPU clock and restrict it to 2.0 GHz, somewhat alleviating the problem.
It is best to specify the RTX 3080 and 3090 models and the capacitors used to disassemble images or videos if you have to purchase them.