The Nvidia 3080 launch went about as expected, with everything that the statement tends to bring with it.
It was sold out on most market’s within a second of the release going live thanks to bots and scalpers that Nvidia has stated they are actively fighting against, fury has arisen from fans that Nvidia hasn’t made enough cards for everyone who wanted them before releasing, and many are more than content to sit and await AMD’s anticipated unveiling of their rival cards as Nvidia’s stock likely isn’t going to be replaced anytime soon.
Today, the other shoe is beginning to drop which is also typical of new-generation GPUs.
The lucky few that managed to get their hands on a card in the first wave of release are now reporting a plethora of titles that simply won’t operate well with the card, citing possible driver issues as the primary culprit as they struggle with titles across a broad spectrum.
Nvidia has not publically commented on the rising swell of reports and complaints as of publication.
The issue doesn’t appear to only be hurting 3080 owners as well, but it is difficult to discern which complaints are coming from which system builds: a common issue in the world of PC users.
If youre on Nvidia and recently updated to the latest driver, downgrade back to one of the drivers from before the RTX 3080 launch. The drivers will be whacked out for the next few months while the new cards come in to play.
— Xerora (@Xerora1) September 21, 2020
GeForce RTX 3080 owner (FE/Custom) with crashes in-games
– No nVidia statment so far
– Offset change or installing the Studio Driver instead GRD driver to solve problems are not confirmed to be effective
– -100 MHz change + disabling HACS seems to help (for some users)
— CK's Technology News (@CKsTechNews) September 24, 2020
GeForce RTX 3080 users report crashes while gaming Before we write this news item, I want to make it clear that we have yet to see an RGX 3080 crash ourselves. We did initially have an issue with F1 2020, but that was fixed with a driver update and a … https://t.co/jYFzewgMR7
— Feedjunkie (@Feedjunkie) September 24, 2020
Despite the strange issues I’m running into with my 3080 I’m amazed at how great the games look in 4K with decent FPS. Part of me believes all the issues are a part faulty driver issue.
— PATCHEZinSPACE👽 (@PATCHEZinSPACE) September 24, 2020
NVidia GeForce RTX 3080 reviews are out… and it apparently CANNOT run Crysis (due to a driver issue)!!! pic.twitter.com/mT0pxvXEe4
— David Flor (@BrainClouds) September 17, 2020
Lest everyone pull out their ever-handy pitchforks and torches, this is a generally common occurrence with new GPU launches, and should not be taken as an implication as anything more than looping a new generation of GPUs into driver patches.
Unfortunately, that does little to placate the frustrated users that managed to defeat overwhelming odds to gain a hotly anticipated GPU to find out that it isn’t working as hoped on release. Further, considering that many sold their 20XX series at a loss to prepare for the 3080 release, not having a spare GPU in a drawer could likely spell immediate doom as far as PC gaming goes.
Well, uh, I tested this on my 3080 test machine and got worse results than the previous update.
Just a reminder that unless there's some crazy new feature, no editing software needs to update to "support" a new GPU. It's just more power.
But uh, this got worse. https://t.co/xqpTp3CmYL pic.twitter.com/EBhKUp6D6h
— Adam Taylor (@EposVox) September 17, 2020
Without Nvidia making an official statement regarding the influx of reported issues (that do not seem to affect everyone), it’s difficult to state when the issues will ultimately be fixed. Here’s hoping you have a console or two lying around to make life a bit easier while Nvidia figures out the purported driver issues in the interim.
As is typical on the internet, where everyone becomes fascinatingly brave behind a keyboard, some are celebrating the issues that 3080 owners are experiencing and reporting.
I would rather see driver that bricks all RTX 3080 bought today
— Nikolay Klimchuk (@klimchuk) September 18, 2020
For temporary workarounds, users can also use their mobo’s ports to run programs if they’re strong enough, although expect to massively downscale your fidelity and overall experience. Alternatively, switching various functions off (and even underclocking) could help give the performance boost necessary for 3080 owners to continue gaming in the interim.
Until Nvidia officially breaks the silence on their end, however, everyone is figuratively stuck in the mud.