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GeForce RTX 2080 Ti are dying fast for no apparent reason

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We are lucky GPUs can't reanimate, because Nvidia would start a bona fide zombie apocalypse with GeForce RTX 2080 Ti since they keep dying faster than you can say '$999', let alone shell out for what can potentially amount to dead hardware.

UPDATE: Nvidia have responded by saying the problem is "not broad" and issues are handled on case by case basis.

Early buyers of Nvidia's new flagship GPU, GeForce 2080 Ti, are reporting the cards dying all over the place, despite the product costing an arm and a leg. These reports are spreading over both GeForce and Reddit forums at an alarming speed.

One user reported that two RTX 2080 Ti GPUs died and his brother returned both of them, with the third one currently active. These Sean Beans of GPUs keep making problems in other places as well, as evidenced by the GeForce forums being laden with similar complaints. Granted, these sorts of ordeals are almost traditional for hardware launches, with some time needed until they reach their actual potential, but it doesn't help users who've freshly splashed out a stack of bills.

The reports of the cards dying so fast contrasts the statements by Jensen Huang from Gamescom 2018, where he boasted RTX 2080 series cards as "designed for overclocking, crazy amounts of overclocking" and yet, the cards are failing even before being overclocked, as seen in the above-linked problems.

Huang also mentioned that these GPUs are extremely silent, even when at "maximum overclock", which doesn't seem to be the case with some of the cards as a user on GeForce forums reported a rather noisy GPU they had bought a pair for SLI purposes. To make matters worse, this one wasn't overclocked either and it apparently produced too much noise even when idle.

Bear in mind that Huang also mentioned that RTX "just works" on several occasions, using the infamous phrase popularised by Bethesda's Todd Howard. It's a red flag because even in Bethesda's case it doesn't just work.

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To be fair to Nvidia, Huang mostly referred to raytracing working in games such as Battlefield V, but it's still quite ironic that RTX 2080 Ti models failed to just work on a relatively basic level. There is no official statement from Nvidia yet, but they did encourage users with faulty GPUs to RMA them.