The GeForce RTX 3080 graphics cards, which have been on the agenda with crash and crash problems recently, have been announced by EVGA, their manufacturing partner.
Just a few days ago, we talked about some crashes and crashes on RTX 3080 graphics cards. This topic is discussed in many different forums, and users report problems with games. To summarize, these problems are seen in custom design RTX 3080 models that are overclocked from the factory. Like the reference design we reviewed earlier, NVIDIA’s own RTX 3080 Founders Edition models that reach 1.71 GHz do not encounter these problems.
A statement came from the video card manufacturer EVGA on this issue. EVGA has clearly confirmed that issues with a particular capacitor type on factory-overclocked RTX 3080 graphics cards are the source of an increasing number of crash reports.
EVGA’s statement, in the form of a forum post, addresses its own problems with capacitors in their designs and confirms that capacitors can play a role in the latest reports:
“There has been some discussion recently about the EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 series.
During our mass production quality control test, we discovered that 6 POSCAP solutions would not pass real-world application tests. It took almost a week of R&D to find the reason, reduce POSCAPs to 4, and add 20 MLCC covers before sending the production cards. For this reason, the launch of the EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 FTW3 series has been delayed. EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 FTW3 graphics cards produced by 6 POSCAPs were not shipped.
However, a pre-production version containing 6 POSCAPs was sent to some reviewers due to time constraints. Featuring 5 POSCAP + 10 MLCC solutions, the EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 XC3 series matches seamlessly with XC3 specs. -EVGA “
In addition, let’s look at the developments about different brands.
There was no official statement from NVIDIA.
The manufacturer was the first to inform the press about the problem. Review samples that had already been submitted were then recalled.
ASUS changed its pre-production design. No official statement was made.
MSI acknowledged the issue during MSI Insider Live Stream, suggesting that it might be a driver issue.
Zotac’s parent company, PC Partner, seems to have noticed this and is changing their cards.
RTX 3080 Graphics Capacitors
Igor’s Lab stated that NVIDIA’s RTX 3080 FE cards do not use a lot of POSCAP capacitors, but instead use higher quality MLCC capacitors. In contrast, proprietary cards using POSCAP solutions seem to be more widely affected by the problem.
MCCC – Multilayer Ceramic Chip Capacitors
POSCAP – Conductive Polymer Tantalum Solid Capacitors
EVGA admits in its statement that its cards are not stable in the POSCAP solution. They say that not all POSCAP designs have passed their own internal testing. That’s why the company goes to a mixed POSCAP and MLCC design to fix the issues, albeit at the cost of a delayed launch.
Still, these issues may not be entirely related to capacitors. However, there is no guarantee that cards with only POSCAP designs are defective. NVIDIA has been reached on the subject, but no explanation has yet been made.