Sunday, August 1, 2021

Amazon New World MMO Beta Reportedly Bricks Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Cards

Amazon is in a bit of hot water with its New World MMO beta. There have been reports of the game bricking Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 graphics cards. Overall, it’s a bizarre issue for the MMO, especially since it looks to only affect the top-of-the-line cards.

Affected players have been sharing their misfortune on Reddit. A number of cases saw their card getting fried as soon as they enter the New World lobby. Windows Central reports that since the menu screen doesn’t have an fps cap, the game ends up rendering over 9000 fps. And because of this, the usual tricks like V-sync and fps caps are not working, as they only kick in during gameplay.

On Reddit and the New World forums, the vast majority of those having issues are those using the EVGA branded  RTX 3090 cards. Though other brands are not necessarily safe, as one report involved a Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3090. And on that note, it’s not exclusive to the 3090 either as there is at least one mention of a 3080 and a 2080 Super. Other cards, like a 1060, were suffering from other issues like “100% memory leak”, even if their cards did not get bricked.

Amazon has since responded to the issue. Though the tone of the statement makes it sound like hand-waving. It essentially boils down to “it’s not the fault of our game, but we’ve capped frame rates on our menu screen to reassure players”. Meanwhile, EVGA has acknowledged the problem and is looking into it.

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