Quinn wrote on Nov 21, 2020, 03:46:
OpticNerve wrote on Nov 21, 2020, 03:28:
(this sucker runs HOT)
Wait, you think that's a good thing? I hate to burst bubbles...
A friend of mine who works in the GPU retail industry tells me to avoid the series like the plague.
Consider underclocking the card just a little bit before it goes kaput.
I'm not seeing the intimation that it's a good thing, however it is not strictly a bad thing, either. They do suck a lot of power and that heat has to go somewhere, but that's how these cards were designed to work. They draw as much power as possible (up to a set limit) to boost speeds as high as they'll go while remaining below the core temperature limit, which by default is just over 80 degrees. The coolers are good enough that you almost always run into the power limit before the temp limit, though, to the point where some third-party vendors with overkill cooling have released BIOS updates to increase that limit. The new AMD cards operate in generally the same manner, though the 6800 XT tends to draw 10-20% less power than a 3080 under load.
Bottom line, the thing ain't gonna "go kaput" under normal operating circumstances. There's no reason whatsoever to underclock it, however it is very common for people to undervolt it, i.e. restrict its power consumption. Tweak the voltage/frequency curve in MSI Afterburner and you can significantly reduce power draw while maintaining the same speed or even slightly overclocking. I'm currently shaving 40-50 watts off my 3070, but with a 3080 you can usually double that.