The RTX 3080 from Nvidia has got off to a shaky start. Not only is the GPU sold out everywhere, but those who managed to get their hands on one are now complaining of crashes while gaming.
Nvidia’s Founders Edition cards seem clear as ComputerBase reports that the problem appears to affect custom variants of the RTX 3080. These include the Zotac GeForce RTX 3080 Trinity, the EVGA RTX 3080 XC, and the MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Ventus 3X OC – all overclocked by their respective manufacturers.
According to various forum threads and social media posts, the GPUs are crashing on the desktop (CTD), causing a game to freeze or crash before returning to the desktop. Some users have also reported black screens, which are commonly associated with CTDs.
The cause of the CTD problems remains a mystery, although many suspect that the problem occurs when the graphics card exceeds the boost clock speeds of 2.0 GHz.
Some also recommend undressing the RTX 3080, although this is only possible through the MSI Afterburner 4.6.3 BETA 2 utility.
Nvidia and its board partners have not yet given an official answer, and it remains to be seen whether the Nvidia RTX 3090 and RTX 3070 graphics cards will also be affected by the glitch.