Gigabyte : POSCAP capacitors on the GeForce RTX 3080 graphics cards do not lead to stability issues and crashes

Statement Regarding the SP-CAP and MLCC Capacitor on GeForce RTX 3080 Graphics Cards

In response to the recent reports speculating that the use of POSCAP capacitors on the GeForce RTX 3080 graphics cards could lead to stability issues and crashes, we would like to clarify the issue with the following statement:

It is false that POSCAP capacitors independently could cause a hardware crash. Whether a graphics card is stable or not requires a comprehensive evaluation of the overall circuit and power delivery design, not just the difference in capacitor types. POSCAPs and MLCCs have different characteristics and uses, thus it is not true to assert that one capacitor type is better than the other.

The GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 30 graphics cards are designed in accordance with NVIDIA specifications, and have passed all required testing, thus the product quality is guaranteed. GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 3080 GAMING OC and EAGLE OC series graphics cards use high-quality, low-ESR 470uF SP-CAP capacitors, which meet the specifications set by NVIDIA and provide a total capacity of 2820u in terms of GPU core power, higher than the industry’s average. The cost of SP-CAP capacitors is not lower than that of MLCCs. GIGABYTE values product integrity highly and definitely does not reduce costs by using cheap materials.

NVIDIA has released a driver (version 456.55) on September 29, 2020 that improves stability. Users are advised to update to the latest driver for optimized performance. For users who have any concern, please contact our local service centers or representatives.

GIGABYTE has been constantly improving and optimizing product quality, especially in terms of thermal designs, to provide the best gaming experience to the consumers for decades. For the latest AORUS GeForce RTX 30 graphics card series, we have also paid extra attention to the cooling performance and introduced industry-leading solutions such as MAX-Covered Cooling to ensure that the operation of each component is stable.

Appendix 1 – Comparison Chart

Model NVIDIA RTX 3080Reference Design GIGABYTE RTX 3080GAMING OC & EAGLE OC
GPU core Power SP-CAP 220u/9m OHM *5MLCC 22u *10 SP-CAP 470u/6m OHM *6
TotalCapacity(u) 1320u 2820u

Appendix 2 – Test result from Paul’s Hardware, indicating GIGABYTE RTX 3080 GAMING OC runs stable:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkTgYMlCl4E