Amazon MMO New World may still be bricking some GPUs

ByJose A. York

Oct 1, 2021
Colonial warriors stand in a field in front of a tower that explodes into magic crystals.

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Amazon’s resource-mining colonialist MMO, New world, is currently the most popular new game on Steam, literally in some cases. More than a few gamers are reporting noisy fans and high graphics card temperatures while running the game, and sometimes even just queuing. And then there are the reports of the game clogging expensive GPUs altogether.

“We have people sending emails saying their GPUs stopped working after playing games. New world“, PowerGPU custom PC builder website wrote on Twitter yesterday, as first spotted by Gamer on PC. “All of this means they didn’t play the beta and we expected those who didn’t would have the same issues.”

Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

New worldThe PC requirements aren’t too demanding, even for an MMO. But the game can be a resource hog, taking full advantage of high-end components when available. This problem arose during the summer during New world‘s beta, leader of more than one EVGA GeForce RTX 3090 card get cooked In the process.

Amazon released a patch to cap New worldin an effort to keep GPU loads in line, but the real culprit appears to be manufacturing defects in the particular series of cards affected, such as EVGA later explained in an interview. Cards were doomed at some point; New world it just so happened to be the canary in the GPU mine, so to speak.

That’s why PowerGPU now says it expected this to happen once again as gamers with potentially faulty graphics cards started giving New world A try. It’s not just EVGA GeForce RTX 3090 either. Gigabyte cards seem to be in the mix too. “My ‘Gigabyte 3080 Ti OC’ was destroyed by New world Has the bug already been fixed? wrote a player on the gaming subreddit. There are several other anecdotal reports cards that get stuck there, as well as general complaints on GPU temperature spikes During the lecture.

Even if New world isn’t the direct culprit, it’s still unfortunate for the people involved. While it’s best to find out there are production issues in a $2,000 card while it’s still under warranty, inventory shortages and supply chain issues mean sellers don’t not exactly drown in spare parts. Waiting for, New world gamers can take the extra precaution of ensuring that their graphics card firmware and drivers are up to date and that the game’s frame rate is capped in the settings menu.