BurntSoul wrote on Sep 29, 2020, 19:28:
For clarity, is it true that these stability issues are only affecting the 3rd party overclocked cards, correct?
Meaning there are supposedly no issues with the Nvidia 3080 Founders Edition cards?
That’s a good question that I doubt you’ll be able to find a straight answer for.
Nvidia’s 3080 FE (founders edition) cards are all built to Nvidia’s spec. I’m sure there are instances where the FE has issues but it does not seem to be the one causing all the ruckus.
The first round of aftermarket cards (aftermarket is not the correct term) built by EVGA, MSI, ASUS (and more) have changed their card due to issues (stability?). The newer revisions have different MLCC and SP-CAP (you may also see the term POSCAP) capacitor configurations.
This issue may have cropped up because these cards are “factory overclocked.”
Nvidia’s new driver applies to all of the 3080 gpu’s no matter who made the board, unless the vendor makes their own specialized “tweaked” driver.
Several years ago, AMD launched the RTX 480, only to discover that some of its cards pulled more power from the 75W PCIe lane than was strictly in spec. The company was able to fix the problem with a driver update that actually improved RX 480 performance by a small degree in several games. src
Hopefully someone here will point to a trustworthy source that explains whether the FE is immune to this issue or not.
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