Out of the field, EVGA’s customized GeForce RTX 3080 FTW3 Extremely Gaming (10G-P5-3897-KR) is already one of many larger powered and quicker working RTX 3080 playing cards you should buy (effectively, can’t buy). However in the event you occur to personal one and fancy your self an “excessive overclocking consumer,” there’s a beta BIOS accessible that can might probably facility even larger clocks.
The beta BIOS jacks up the utmost energy goal to 450W, which is a 50W improve over the cardboard’s inventory 400W energy restrict. Nvidia’s Founders Version variant is configured at 320W, and as famous by Videocardz, a lot of the customized fashions that go larger prime out at 340W.
That isn’t the case with all of them, nevertheless, and the rise to 450W on EVGA’s FTW3 Extremely matches the Asus ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3080 OC Version. That card is able to boosting to 1,935MHz in OC mode (and 1,905MHz in Gaming mode), versus 1,800MHz for EVGA’s card (and 1,710MHz for the Founders Version mannequin).
By enabling the next max energy restrict, the FTW3 Extremely might doubtlessly shut the hole with the ROG Strix, or perhaps even surpass it. That stated, EVGA will not be guaranteeing any overclocked settings past how the cardboard ships, or any efficiency improve by any means with the 450W BIOS alternative. As an alternative, EVGA made it accessible “because of many consumer requests” (and deserves a hat tip for doing so).
EVGA’s forum post offers step-by-step directions on learn how to replace the BIOS on its FTW3 Extremely card. As at all times, proceed with warning (it is at all times a good suggestion to have your PC plugged right into a battery backup when updating firmware of any sort, in case there’s a energy outage). EVGA additionally says to make sure you have “satisfactory cooling,” and recommends at the least an 850W energy provide that’s 80 Plus Gold licensed.