An increasing number of users are reporting the crash to desktop (CTD) issues with factory-overclocked NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 graphics cards. The issues were reported on various forums and social media platforms.
Users are reporting a crash to desktop issues with custom GeForce RTX 3080 models
ComputerBase has provided a quick overview of what users are reporting. At LinusTechTips forums users are reporting problems with ZOTAC GeForce RTX 3080 Trinity. Owners of MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Ventus 3X OC are also noticing this type of behavior, a thread on Overclockers.co.uk seems to suggest. Even on ComputerBase’s own forums, there are threads describing the same problem.
This now clearly widespread, but still unexplored issue appears in a certain group of games when the boost clock exceeds 2.0 GHz. As soon as the clock speeds reach a certain level, the game crashes to desktop.
There is currently no official statement from any board partner, but ComputerBase has confirmed that they are in contact with the manufacturers. They were unable to reproduce this issue with at least three of the custom models they have.
It is currently unclear what is causing this problem. Whether this is a power supply issue, software bug, or maybe even too aggressive factory-overclocking from custom board partners, it is yet to be confirmed.
At the time of writing, there were no official solutions to this problem. However, if you are experiencing such issues with crashing in games at higher clock speeds it is recommended to manually downclock the GPU by 50 to 100 MHz. Undervolting may also be recommended, but this requires MSI Afterburner 4.6.3 Beta 2 (available here).