NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 owners report fewer crashes after updating drivers

Published: Sep 28th 2020, 19:42 GMT   Comments

Does GeForce 456.55 driver fix the stability issues?

Today NVIDIA released a new GeForce 456.55 driver which brings NVIDIA Reflex technology to Call of Duty Warzone and Modern Warfare. The driver also officially provides  “improves stability in certain games on RTX 30 Series GPUs”, possibly indicating that it comes with a fix for stability at higher clock speeds that cause ‘crash to desktop’ issue.

On the NVIDIA subreddit users report fewer crashes or not crashes at all, indicating that the software update has provided better stability. These are some of the comments:


Just to let 3080 users know that I’ve tested this on Horizon Zero Dawn, MW Warzone and MP and am yet to experience a crash on stock clocks. Previously I couldn’t run on stock clocks for longer than 5 mins without a crash.


My Ventus boosts to 2010 now, compared to about 2100 before. I only experienced occasional crashes in Forza 4, I have yet to experience one with the new driver


Also have the Ventus OC and my experience is the same, boost clocks are now more stable around 1900-1990 and not boosting momentarily too high like before (2085 or so). I did run a few 3DMark tests and I actually got a little bit better score now than before.


I previously had to downclock by 75mhz in aorus engine. I set everything back to default on aorus engine, rebooted, then fired up some games (anthem, elite dangerous, starcitizen, mw5, TW warhammer II, jedi fallen order, world of warships, kingdom come).
Previously, yes they pretty much all crashed whenever the gpu boosted past 2ghz. Now, max boost from stock default settings is 2.025, running anthem in the background it’s currently at 2.010, no crashes so far (knock on wood).


OMG thank you for this RTX 3080 Gigabyte Gaming OC owner here and NO CRASHES AT STOCK anymore for now, the clock speeds are locked between 1980mhz and 1965mhz AND i gained better performance on SOTR 1440p Maxed out with DLSS and Ray tracing.

If you already have GeForce RTX 3080 or RTX 3090 graphics card with occasional crashing at higher clock speeds, we recommend that you update your driver immediately to GeForce Game Ready 456.55.


Brad Chacos from PC World is one of the few reviewers who had a preproduction sample with allegedly affected SP-CAP layout. He was able to reproduce the problem with crashing in certain games.

Today he reports that the new driver fixes the problem, but at the cost of slightly lower clocks:

installed the new 456.55 drivers with promised stability fixes. That made Horizon Zero Dawn repeat its excruciating shader optimization process, but after that, the game just worked. I’ve rerun the benchmark five times with the 456.55 drivers installed and successfully completed every run. To quote Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang from the GeForce RTX 20-series reveal, it just works.


As I said, with the original drivers, the HZD benchmark ran at a mostly consistent 2010MHz on this GPU until it hit the 2025MHz wall and crapped out. With Nvidia’s new 456.55 drivers, the the GPU clock speed in Horizon Zero Dawn now flitters between 1980MHz and 1995MHz (though it can still hit a stable 2010MHz in menu screens). Nvidia’s fix appears to be dialing back maximum performance with the GPU Boost feature.

Source: NVIDIA Subreddit via The FPS Review

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