Over the past 24 hours there have been growing reports of GeForce RTX 3090 graphics cards bricking after players log into the New World closed beta, but new information now suggests that the issue isn’t limited to Nvidia’s flagship GPUs.
Amazon issued the following statement to PC gamers on July 21, claiming that games can be played safely and that an upper framerate cap has been patched into the game menu screen to ‘further reassure players’.
“New World makes standard DirectX calls provided by the Windows API. I haven’t seen any signs of widespread problems with the 3090, either in beta or during months of alpha testing.
The New World Closed Beta is safe to play. To further reassure players, we will implement a patch to limit frames per second in today’s menu screen. We appreciate the support New World receives from players around the world and will continue to listen to their feedback during the beta and beyond.”
We’ve reached out to Amazon, AMD and Nvidia for comment as the situation evolves.
But while a lot of focus is on games bricking the RTX 3090s, trustworthy computing YouTuber JayzTwoCents He claims to have received numerous reports that some of the best graphics cards on the market, such as the RX 6900XT and RTX 3080 Ti, will brick after playing the New World beta.
Now the next GPU owner is New World…RX59068006800XT6900XT3080Ti3090 So, again, the problem lies in SOMETHING in the way New World games are rendered. This is not a 3090′ exclusive issue! term!!July 22, 2021
Flying Frame Rate
This issue has been confirmed on the official New World forums and a customer service representative has suggested (though unconfirmed) that the issue is believed to be related to driver settings and frame rate limiters.
The following steps have been suggested, but things are still going on and there is no guarantee that this will solve the problem for all users.
- disable override in driver settings,
- Be sure to click ‘Apply’
- Restart the game client.
The theory of operation is that the unrestricted framerate of the menu screen causes the GPU to draw too much power through the VRM, ultimately reducing performance. As a precaution, you can manually limit the maximum framerate of the proposed game, which will most likely be manually patched into the game until a more permanent solution can be found.
Go to Settings > Visuals > Max fps > Set to 60.
Amazon also suggests that you check the Nvidia control panel under Manage 3D Settings > Program Settings > Choose a New World and make sure that Max Frame Rate only shows ‘Enable Global Settings (Off)’ or ‘Off’.
However, this doesn’t seem to be a suitable workaround for everyone. A forum user in the same thread complained about Amazon’s response and claims that the suggested setting change didn’t help the situation. Forum user AcoJonancio writes: “I had problems after setting the FPS cap to 60. When I saw other users’ GPU issues and started the game, the first thing they did after logging in was cap FPS. I played for 3 hours yesterday with nothing. Any problems.”
It’s very unlikely that software is the main culprit, but it’s not impossible, and the more comments from gamers experiencing the problem, the more confusing it gets. Most modern PC hardware is built to suffer serious abuse thanks to things like the popularity of overclocking, but most graphics cards affected appear to be at the top of their generation rather than recent releases.
Analysis: Is Playing Worth the Risk?
Amazon is a relatively new face in the world of game development, which launched its first major original title, Crucible, into public beta in May 2020 and then quickly stopped development in November of the same year. We hoped that New Word, a sandbox MMO modeled on supernatural colonial America, would have better success and that our first reaction to the beta definitely looked promising.
However, Amazon still has some issues to address, and while buggy releases are expected and understandable parts of every new game release, damaging expensive hardware is no small issue. what causes them
When the news first came out, it seemed that most EVGA-made cards were affected, and there was no clear indication as to what was causing the brick problem, though other brand hardware was also known to have brick issues.
Our advice should come as no surprise when considering this GPU Russian Roulette game. We’ll wait for gamers to issue a statement from a major company (like Amazon, AMD or Nvidia) or details on what’s causing the graphics card overload.
From what we’ve seen from the gameplay in the closed beta, New World looks pretty fun, but if you compare the cost of a $40 game to the cost of a hard-to-replace GPU over $1,000, it’s simply not worth the risk. We hope that the fix will be implemented quickly to uncover the cause through investigation and avoid disappointment for gamers looking forward to jumping into a new MMO.