The dust hasn't even settled on Nvidia's new GeForce RTX series graphics cards, but already there are numerous complaints on various forums of a range of issues, from crashes and blue screen errors, to even cards outright dying. Even more frustrating for early adopters, the complaints seem mostly centered on the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, which is the most expensive RTX card of the bunch. I just finished reading a surprisingly large quantity of forum posts and complaints from owners of Nvidia's new flagship RTX graphics cards - NVIDIA's own forums
and Digital Trends
. They all can be condensed into a single broad statement: the RTX 2080 Ti sure seems to be dying on a lot of people, resulting in some seriously unhappy early adopters. Literally hundreds of them. And this card just launched one month ago!!
The core problem seems to be RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition cards that begin to display severe graphical artifacts and lock up a user's PC, although I've seen reports of faulty 2080 Ti products from ZOTAC and Gigabyte. These problems are sometimes exhibiting within only hours. Reinstalling drivers and following generic troubleshooting tips do not solve the issues. Nvidia's technical support department has been recommending that gamers RMA the cards, which typically results in a replacement or refund.
Is there really a problem, though? If so, that would be concerning-it's not unreasonable to expect that a $1,200 GPU (Founders Edition) would be engineered to perfection, or at least close to it. At the very least, I wouldn't expect so many different complaints to crop up so quickly after launch.