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RTX 2080 Crashing/Freezing/Overclocking (Troubleshooting)

RTX 2080 troubleshooting
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Is the RTX 2080 worth it?

RTX 2080 is one of the best high-end graphics cards. It’s the appropriate choice if you are planning for gaming PC or upgrading your graphics card. The RTX 2080 provides higher resolutions, utilizes fast GDDR6 memory.

You can definitely buy the RTX 2080 for 4K gaming with HDR.  The RTX 2080 also offers benefits of ray tracing in gaming.

Ray tracing is a must essential fact if you want realistic graphics. The feature ray tracing, in a graphics card, simply mimics how the actual ray of light works and makes the videos far more practical and stunning. This facility is what makes the RTX 2080 amazing.



  • Ray tracing and Tensor cores
  • Amazing Performance
  • Deep learning super sampling or DLSS
  • Simple overclocking


  • High-price
  • Ray tracing does not work in all games

In the end, I can only give you advice; the ultimate decision is yours. NVIDIA RTX 2080 is undoubtedly an amazing graphics card but to buy it; you need a considerably high budget.

If you are thinking about the features, then let me tell you, there is nothing to worry, you will found graphics cards which can easily fit your budget and can offer you almost same features like this one, but not exactly the same features. But as I said before, RTX 2080 is a great choice.


Is RTX 2080 good for streaming?

Yes, the RTX 2080 is suitable for steaming. To achieve a high-quality broadcasting benefit, you need efficient software encoding, which means one CPU to run games and one for software encoding that leads us to two PCs, two mice and keyboards, a capture card and an external audio mixer.

But with RTX 2080, you can achieve the best quality performance, high image quality of a dual-PC setup with a single RTX PC.

There is a separate section in GPU which encodes the video using a dedicated hardware encoder. With this facility, there is no need to encode with another CPU, and it offers a fantastic gaming experience.


Is RTX 2080 good for gaming?

RTX 2080 offers us an overall impressive performance, which makes it worthy of its price for gamers. It is seen that RTX 2080 showed bigger jumps in performance than previous NVIDIA graphics cards. 

For example, 1080p gaming results showed 20-40 fps jumps in the frame rates. Even at 4K and highest available settings, RTX 2080 managed to achieve 40fps during playing Shadow of the Tomb Raider. It delivered even more amazing frame rates that are 60-80 fps in 4K and ultra-settings while playing Destiny 2.


Games that can run on RTX 2080

  • The Divison 2
  • Dirt Rally 2.0
  • Anthem
  • Far Cry New Dawn
  • Metro Exodus
  • Apex Legends
  • Just Cause 4
  • Darksiders III
  • Battlefield V
  • Fallout 76
  • Hetman 2
  • Call Of Duty Black Ops 4
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • Assetto Corsa Competizione
  • Metro Exodus, etc.


RTX 2080 idle temp

The normal RTX 2080 temperature is 167°F to 176°F . Even up to 88°C should not cause any issues.

A GPU getting hot is a normal thing but you should also take immediate steps to control the temperature, especially when you see the temp is going above 190°F (88°C)

The question is, how one can monitor the graphic card temperature? You will find different tools on the internet to do so, such as HWmonitor, GPU-Z, GPU Temp. Graphics card overclocking tools can also help you to monitor the temperature.


Why is my RTX 2080 overheating?

Along with being an incredibly powerful graphics card, it is quite power-hungry too. A lot is going on with graphics cards while it is running. So, there can be multiple reasons behind the overheating;

  • Overclocking
  • Faulty fan
  • Ineffective thermal paste
  • Outdated video drivers
  • Unstable power supply


How to Lower the Temperature on a RTX 2080

  • If you have turned on GPU overclocking, turning that off may help you. Do not overclock it again until it comes to a safe temperature.
  • Every graphics card has its own self-cooling features; Heatsink and fan are one of those. But it cannot perform correctly if there is dust accommodated in it. Clean it and see if it is working again.
  • Thermal paste or heatsink compound may have lost its effectiveness. Renewing it may solve your problem.
  • Set the fan speed in 100%. You can change it after changing the settings into manual from automatic.
  • Now if you see the fan is not running is its average speed for spinning very slowly, then it’s time to change it.

Sometimes bad video drivers are the main reason behind the heating of the graphics card. You can either update the graphics card drivers or change it into a more stable one.

Temporarily lower down the GPU clock frequency. When you have figured out the cause behind the issue and applied the measures, you can turn the clock frequency into regular again.


RTX 2080 keeps crashing

Some of the main problems of graphics cards are crashes, hangs, freezes and more. But if your RTX 2080 is crashing more often then it’s time to find out the cause and fix it. But the thing is, there can be many reasons for the same result. Try some simple fixes and even before that create a system restore point.

  • Make sure you have installed latest motherboard chipset drivers
  • Remove the old Display driver and install the latest ones
  • You are an AGP port should be slowed down
  • Make sure your GPU is cooling properly
  • check physically if your CPU and RAM is alright
  • Ensure your power supply is stable and supplying the suitable voltage


RTX 2080 keeps crashing games

Just because RTX 2080 is a high-end graphics card, you should not expect that your games will not at all crash. Well, frequent crashing is indeed a problem. But that is always not the fault of the graphics card. A graphics card can only run properly if the other techs of your PC are alright.

All you can do is a few troubleshooting in this situation.

  • Make sure all the graphics card drivers are up to date, especially the display driver. Installing the latest display drivers can make many of the bugs fixed.
  • Maybe you are right to blame your graphics card while your game is crashing, but you should not forget about your sound hardware. When a game is running, the sound hardware is also doing various complicated calculations which can be the reason behind your problem. So you can temporarily unclog your sound system and see if it works.
  • AGP or accelerated graphics port connects a graphics card to the motherboard. What you can do is, slow down its fast writes and see if the graphics card becomes stabilize.
  • Overheating may be the cause of the crashing. Check the cooling systems, i.e. fans and heatsink to control the temperature. For an instant solution, open the machine and aim a desk fan towards it.
  • Remove and then set your graphics card again.
  • Check your RAM. Clean it and place it again.
  • Check your CPU is not having a hard time to run a high-end graphics card like RTX 2080.
  • Top of everything, a graphics card requires a stabilized power supply. Make sure that there are no ups and downs in the voltage. If it is possible then swap in an excellent high-end power supply immediately and check if the games stooped crashing.


RTX 2080 keeps freezing

Graphics card crashing and freezing can be two different problems, but the cause is more or less the same. Games can freeze if it is a high-end game and nearly exceeds the capacity of your PC. And another reason behind the freezing issue can be the graphics card overheating, outdated drivers, overclocking, etc.

Here are some simple steps you can take to make the freezing stop;

  1. Buy new graphics card drivers.
  2. Check the temperature of your RTX 2080 and cool it down immediately.
  3. Make sure you have placed your graphics card properly in the PCI slot. Wrong seating can be the main reason why it is not working correctly.
  4. Check if the cable from your PC to your graphics card is alright.
  5. Freezing may be the caused by your graphics card but if you see visual glitches or anything that is visually abnormal, then check if the monitor is doing good or not.
  6. Maybe RTX 2080 is not compatible with your PC. Try changing the other elements of your PC to make the graphics card work properly.


RTX 2080 Low FPS

Low fps simply means less smooth gameplay. It is frequently reported that RTX 2080 fps is quite low that any other graphics card. But people buy the RTX 2080 with a hope of fantastic gaming experience. Now in this situation, all you need is some fix;

  • Reducing the resolution of the game you are playing can solve the fps issue.
  • Frame rate per second is something that a graphics card generates, not increases. So, in order to produce it correctly, the graphics card needs all of its components to co-operate. To make that sure, the most straightforward step you can take is to update the graphics card drivers.
  • A few settings of a game like the shadow quality, draw distance can affect the fps. Lower the video game settings and it may work like a charm!
  • Overclocking can heat a graphics card as well as it can be a solution of the low fps. Which is why it’s a little risky to suggest someone but the RTX 2080 can overclock to some extent? So you can overclock your graphics card temporarily and see if the fps improves.
  • When you turn on your PC, many programs automatically start running in the background. When you see that your graphics card’s fps is not working, PC optimization may help you.

The CPU and RAM have a significant impact on the overall performance of your PC; whether it is gameplay or anything else. Consider upgrading them alongside the other solutions.


RTX 2080 low GPU Usage Fix

Low GPU usage is a prevalent problem; almost every gamer suffers. Low GPU usage is directly connected with the poor fps. To get a fantastic performance from graphics cards, the GPU is has been 99% to 100% but it is frequently reported that RTX 2080 users are not getting GPU more than 60%.

  • GPU can provide you with a lower performance because of your CPU. Maybe your CPU is not compatible with the graphics card. Because a High-end graphics card always needs a powerful CPU. Upgrade your CPU or buy a compatible graphics card.
  • Always remember, having the latest drivers does mean that you will get perfect GPU performance. Check which drivers will work best for your GPU. And while uninstalling the unworthy drivers, remember to use display driver uninstaller, it will make sure that there is no trace remaining of the older ones.
  • Graphics card overheating may be responsible for lower GPU. Overclocking, ineffective thermal paste, fan issue, etc. should be monitored in this case.
  • Voltage regulator module is an integral part of a graphics card. It provides the right voltage to the GPU. For some reasons, VRM tends to heat up quickly, and it can cause lower GPU and fps. Buy new thermal pads and fix the issue.
  • Sometimes bad optimized games can lower the GPU.
  • An efficient GPU requires enough power supply. Check whether your connections are providing enough power to your machine.

Ensure that your system is up to date, and you will see that the GPU is improving. You can check GPU usage through a graphics card monitoring software.


How to overclock RTX 2080

The easiest method of NVIDIA graphics card overclocking is the NVIDIA’s one-click overclocking feature. There is a framework created by NVIDIA for doing the overclocking.

One-click overclocking

  • Install the Afterburner scanner because it is the most reliable one.
  • Open the Afterburner, and you will see several dials and sliders.
  • Find out a small bar graph icon which is located in the left or the core clock Slider.
  • Click on it
  • Now click on the OC scanner
  • Now the one-click overclock process will take place and should be completed in 15-20 minutes.


Overclocking GPU memory on a RTX 2080

While overclocking the GPU memory, run a looping benchmark at the background.

  • Increase the memory speeds one by one with Afterburner’s DDR controls.
  • I can suggest you go up in 25MHz
  • Click on Apply after each speed change.
  • After finding the peak memory speed, and continue taking the clock down Slightly until everything is fine
  • Now reboot and don’t turn the benchmark loop.
  • If everything is normal, provide a margin of stability.


Overclocking GPU core speed on a RTX 2080

  • Use stock memory clock settings and reapply all the changes you have made in the previous step
  • Increase the core clock gradually in small, 5-10MHz increment
  • Run a looping benchmark in background
  • If you experience ant crash, make sure to keep the settings at a lower point
  • Now reboot it
  • Now test the overclocking with a 10-minute benchmark cycle.

While overclocking, don’t forget to check the fans because it will be needed if somehow the graphics card heats up during overclocking. Also, check the power supply and graphics card drivers. And always remember, though graphics cards have an overclocking capacity still overclocking can affect the system.


RTX 2080 ti vs. RTX 2080 SLI

Key differences between RTX 2080 ti and RTX 2080 SLI;

  • Full system power draw-

RTX 2080 ti: 5GHz to 2100MHz, 511W

RTX 2080 SLI: 5GHz to 2115MHz, 609W

  • Temperature- 

RTX 2080 ti: 2100MHz, 60-73 degree

RTX 2080 SLI: 2115MHz, 60-69 degree

  • Average FPs

Varies from game to game

RTX 2080 ti: 2100MHz, (2160p) 71-90%, (1440p) 110-148%, (1080p) 150-179%

RTX 2080 SLI: 2115MHz, (2160p) 90-110%, (1440p) 114-140%, (1080p) 145-179%,

SLI means Scalable Link Interface. It is NVIDIA’s technology to link two or more graphic cards together. So obviously when you use SLI, the overall performance improves. But if we compare SLI RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 ti, there is not much difference.

Ernie Lo

Ernie Lo is a qualified web designer and web developer. He works as an IT support technician and website manager at Benleigh Vending, and he also fixes vending machines.

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