GeForce RTX 2080 Ti FAILS After Gaming for 2 Hours

I have bought and owned NVIDIA graphics cards for a long time. There has been a lot of talk about the RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition failing lately, a lot of that just being anecdotal. After playing games for two hours this evening this is what I was met with. Unlucky? Or do RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition video cards have some issues?

RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition FAILS After Gaming for 2 Hours

To be forthright, I installed the NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti that I purchased a couple of weeks ago and I have very much enjoyed gaming on it.

I overclocked it the second evening I had it installed just to see what clocks it would actually push. After not being too impressed with the Founders Edition cooler that evening, I set it all back to stock clocks. I maybe used my 2080 Ti FE overclocked for just a couple of hours total under load. I saw increased frames, but I was having some artifacting tradeoff, so it was not worth the effort.

The performance advantage I was gaining, for the temperature tradeoff, seemed to be insignificant for the games I was playing, so I set it back to default clocks. I have been gaming with the 2080 Ti FE at default clocks since then, possibly about 20 hours total.

Given that Tom Petersen of NVIDIA said, "...the 2080 Founders Edition has been built for overclocking..," when Marco Chiappetta asked him specifically about 2080 Ti overclocking, I do not think we were thinking we would see these failures at stock clocks. Here is exactly what Tom Petersen, Distinguished Engineer at NVIDIA said.

After gaming for a few hours this evening, playing Hunt: Showndown, I was met with a hard-lock, while the game was on its end-of-mission screen. I think we have seen this somewhere before?

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After this, the system required me to hard-power it down in order to gain control again.

This case is not in any way running "hot" with a single RTX 2080 Ti. Even this evening I was running its two 280mm fans at high to make sure I was giving it the airflow it needed. This case has been home to dual Titan X cards, as well as Radeon 290X Crossfire, and never had an issue.

I did have some BSOD issues with this RTX 2080 Ti early on, but those went away. I made sure we had the latest drivers after that.

Is there something rotten in RTX land? You are damn right there is, and we are all just coming to grips with it now.