Nvidia confirms RTX 2080 Ti bugs with early batch

Donna Miller
November 18, 2018

The confirmation follows a rash of complaints of GeForce RTX 2080 Ti cards experiencing various issues, from blue screen of death (BSOD) errors to artifacts and other symptoms. It was hard to know whether they were simply at the sharp-end of the "normal" rate of failure for such products, or that there was some underlying design/manufacturing fault. It is worth noting that the United Kingdom retail data only included cards from the likes of Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, Palit, or Zotac - as Nvidia sells the FE cards direct.

There is an issue with the first round GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards that at the moment appear to only be affecting NVIDIA's overclocked Founders Edition model, a company representative confirmed in NVIDIA's GeForce support forum. In addition, retailers in the United Kingdom told PCGamesN that they are not seeing unusually high return rates on third-party GeForce RTX 2080 Ti cards (and only NVIDIA sells Founders Edition cards).

Although there were a number of cards from different manufacturers, users quickly identified that the problem primarily affected those using an RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition. Common reported issues were crashes, image corruption / artefacts, or even complete hardware failure.

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The download size can be close to 3GB for the 64-bit or 2GB for the 32-bit version. In addition, feature updates are bigger in size than quality updates .

While there were a lot of theories regarding some issues with Nvidia's RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards, Nvidia has now responded officially on its forums, saying that there were some bugs with an early batch of RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition, calling them "limited test escapes". At least that's the story for now.

Nvidia's claim at the time was that it wasn't seeing any issues outside of individual cards, but that it was monitoring the situation. The link above asks for affected users to contact Nvidia directly.

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