Tested: Nvidia’s new drivers fix RTX 3080 crashes by sacrificing clock speed

    Over the weekend, boards across the Internet exploded with information of Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3080 crashing in video games for some customers, adopted by (very knowledgeable) hypothesis by Igor Wallossek at Igor’s Lab that a part of the difficulty may by attributable to the capacitors used on varied customized boards. Read our explainer on the GeForce RTX 3080 crashing issues if you wish to know extra.

    On Monday morning, Nvidia launched new GeForce Game Ready drivers that seem to repair the steadiness points. We had been capable of check the drivers on a on a hard RTX 3080 graphics card in PCWorld’s possession.

    Nvidia’s article concerning the 456.55 Game Ready drivers overtly mentions solely enabling Nvidia Reflex in Call of Duty. But buried deep in the release notes had been an attention-grabbing tidbit: “The new Game Ready Driver also improves stability in certain games on RTX 30 Series GPUs.”  

    I’ve a customized GeForce RTX 3080 brimming with an all-POSCAP capacitor configuration that reliably crashed in Horizon Zero Dawn with the older, unique 456.38 drivers. The new 456.55 Game Ready drivers certainly places an finish to that, however it appears prefer it does so by barely limiting the utmost GPU Boost clock pace. Let’s dig in.

    The graphics card that by no means launched


    The EVGA RTX 3080 FTW3 playing cards you should buy embrace totally different capacitors than my pre-production model; you may see it contains MLCC arrays between the black, rectangular POSCAPs on the rear of the GPU.

    If you learn our information to the RTX 3080 crashing points, you’ll know that EVGA considerably confirmed Igor’s evaluation that the kind of capacitor used can have an effect on efficiency. EVGA’s hotly anticipated RTX 3080 FTW3 graphics card was delayed as a result of the unique configuration solely used POSCAP capacitors doubtlessly tied to the crashing points. (Again, learn our RTX 3080 crashing information to be taught the distinction between POSCAP and MLCC capacitors.) Here’s what product supervisor Jacob Freeman stated in an EVGA assertion:

    “During our mass manufacturing QC testing we found a full 6 POSCAPs resolution can not go the true world purposes testing. It took virtually per week of R&D effort to search out the trigger and scale back the POSCAPs to 4 and add 20 MLCC caps previous to delivery manufacturing boards, for this reason the EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 FTW3 collection was delayed at launch. There had been no 6 POSCAP manufacturing EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 FTW3 boards shipped.

    But, because of the time crunch, among the reviewers had been despatched a pre-production model with 6 POSCAP’s, we’re working with these reviewers straight to interchange their boards with manufacturing variations. EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 XC3 collection with 5 POSCAPs + 10 MLCC resolution is matched with the XC3 spec with out points.”

    To be completely clear in case you missed it: EVGA is not delivery FTW3 playing cards with an all-POSCAP setup, which couldn’t go real-world testing. They delayed the cardboard to incorporate an MLCC array to make sure stability. The playing cards you should buy must be high-quality.

    But what are you aware: I simply so occur to have a kind of early pre-production FTW3 samples with six POSCAPs. And sure, I may get it to crash repeatedly whereas gaming.

    POSCAPs vs. Horizon Zero Dawn

    I’d shelved reviewing this FTW3 as a result of EVGA advised me they’d be delivery me a brand new one which matches the configuration patrons acquired. But after all of the ruckus I made a decision to poke at my pre-production POSCAP pattern to see if I may get it to misbehave reliably. I may.

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