Amazons New world MMO is currently in closed beta, which has generated a lot of interest in the game. New world kicks off in late August, so this closed beta is a chance for potential buyers to see the mostly finished product, and a lot of people are taking up Amazon’s offer of beta access in exchange for pre-orders. However, if you have an RTX 3090 graphics card in your rig, you might want the New world Beta for now as there are reports that the game is blocking the GPU hardware.
As discovered by PC player, there are threads on both New world subreddit and the New world official forums in which players report that they are playing New world bricked up their GPUs. The problem seems to center primarily around EVGA cards – particularly the EVGA RTX 3090 FTW3 Ultra – although there have been less frequent reports of other cards as well.
Obviously, letting a GPU die is never a good time, but right now it’s a terrible time given the current shortage of PC hardware. Although it was difficult to pinpoint an exact cause, there is talk of unlimited frame rates inrates within the player base New world‘s menus (or even while players wait in line) is to blame. If you wanna play New world and you want your high-end GPU not to get bricked, capping the frame rate to 60 or even 30 can be a good place to start.
Talk of GPU failures while gaming New world really started to make the rounds when Twitch streamer Gladd experienced just that on the stream. Shortly thereafter, he published a tweet (embedded above) confirming that his graphics card was “completely fried”. PC Gamer points out that there were known issues with early RTX GPUs showing defective power components, but a driver update promoted by NVIDIA supposedly fixed those issues.
Until the community, the developers behind it New world, and GPU makers are getting to the bottom of this problem, it’s probably best to avoid the New World Beta if you have an RTX 3090, especially an EVGA FTW3 Ultra. We’ll see what happens from here, but with only five weeks to go, this could potentially be a big problem for us New world.
To update: In addition to issuing a statement in response to these reports, Amazon has also listed some measures players can take to ensure their GPUs function normally while playing New World. In addition, the company has announced that it will release a patch that will limit the frame rate in New World’s menus. You can read the full statement from Amazon on this subject here.