Users Complain About RTX 3080 & 3090 Crashing At Higher Clock Speeds Due To Bad Power Draw Components

NVIDIA recently revealed its monstrous new graphics cards. These were the RTX 30 series of cards. Not only do they pack some power, but they enter new strides. With the likes of the 3090, players can game at 8K at a stable 60 frames, depending upon the title. Now, when a new product arrives, there are issues, kinks here and there. Now, due to the COVID-19 situation, manufacturing being hindered and the time crunch involved as well, there have been issues reported. These issues include mainly the graphics units failing at higher boost clock speeds. According to many people, at or above the 2GHz mark, they tend to crash.

Now many manufacturers such as Zotac and MSI have released statements on the matter so that their customers can relax about their businesses.

The problem with 3080 & 3090

This tweet from Galaxy and Gainward explains just that. The main issue coming forward is the power delivery and the efficient usage of that power. According to many accounts, initial units that we processed in a rush had POSCAPs instead of MLCCs. This resulted in bad power draws and the eventual failing cards. Now, this issue has been recognised by various companies and their statements target just that. Even according to the tweet, the two companies in question continue to add that their commercially distributed cards would have MLCCs instead of the PSCAPs present in some of the early card. In fact, they add that only the review units contained these components due to the time crunch demanded by the parent company. Lastly, the founder edition of the 3080 has remained free of all problems and no one has really reported a problem. Perhaps this would allow better purchase decisions for the customers.

Either way, a point of personal opinion. Enthusiasts should wait a couple of months before going for such an investment. This would allow the market to clear away the hindered pieces entirely.

Sarmad Burki


Sarmad Burki is a Mathematician and a Economist with a passion for all things gaming and tech. His academics and professional experience combined with tech and gaming adds to his skills giving him a unique ability to observe the tech and gaming industry from various prespectives.