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ASUS has confirmed that its ROG Strix and TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3080/3090 graphics cards use MLCC capacitors exclusively below the GPU. This should be relevant news to prospective buyers who are convinced that the recent drama of crashing and general instability can be strictly and wholly traced to POSCAPs, which some folks insist are “lower quality.”

“All retail ROG Strix and TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3080 and 3090 graphics cards use only MLCC capacitors for decoupling close to the GPU,” a post on ASUS ROG’s Instagram account reads.

“During development, we discovered the improvement this makes to RTX 3090 and 3080 overclocking headroom, so we made specification changes before we started shipping cards to reviewers and customers.”

“Please note that some of the product images used on etail sites and our product pages were from early development samples, so are not final. All images will be updated soon. Please bear with us!”

We took a look at ASUS’s official site and found that most (if not all) of the galleries have been updated already. Rear shots of the ROG Strix and TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3080/3090 models show a full array of MLCC capacitors.

NVIDIA’s GeForce Game Ready 456.55 WHQL driver has reportedly fixed the crashing and instability by limiting boost clocks, but this is good news for ASUS fans who are convinced that POSCAPs are a problem.

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  1. DER8AUER did a test on this and replacing some of the POSCAPS didn’t really change anything. You gain a minimal increase in overclocking headroom at best. It seems to me that more testing and setting slightly lower boost clock limits would have made this a non-issue.
  2. Der8auer’s test showed that replacing the 2 center caps gave him 20-30mhz more stable boost. This may point to even higher stable speeds with all caps replaced. Of course, this will be known soon enough and his testing was far from scientific.
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