Amazon’s New World is apparently making a killing by bricking Nvidia GPUs.
The game’s closed beta session began earlier this week, and some players have reportedly experienced the MMORPG bricking their 3090 Nvidia GPUs. The cards being so rare and expensive only makes the event all the more unfortunate for those players. Most of the initial reports of New World bricking GPUs came through the game’s main subreddit. Redditor greyone78 mentioned that his EVGA 3090 had been able to run Cyberpunk 2077 on Ultra settings for the last couple of months without any issue. Before long, Twitter was also seeing some players report the same problem – with EVGA cards being fried once again. People experiencing those problems also created a tread on New World‘s official forums.
Playing the New World beta on my EVGA 3090 has fried my graphics card completely. There are many accounts of this same thing happening with the same card with the same game.@TEAMEVGA @playnewworld @EVGA_JacobF
I just want to make sure this doesn't happen to others
— Gladd (@Gladd) July 21, 2021
Overall, it looks like New World is primarily frying EVGA GPUs. Other players are still experiencing overheating GPUs, fans going crazy, and other performance-related issues. New World may not be perfectly optimized just yet, and some heavily recommend players to keep their FPS locked to 60 without uncapping. Undervolting your GPU should be helping too. This isn’t the first time a new game is accused of drawing too much juice from hardware. Starcraft 2 did the same back in 2010.
This isn’t the first time we’re seeing issues related to RTX cards overheating and frying. Capacitors couldn’t keep up with how much power the cards needed, which led to those GPUs failing. Nvidia then proceeded to release a new driver that prevented the cards from drawing too much juice, which definitely helped in resolving the problem.
New World And GPUs: Amazon Needs To Step Up
Even if part of the blame likely lies on the side of EVGA hardware, New World frying GPUs doesn’t really give Amazon a good look. Perhaps the developers should have ensured, for now, that FPS is capped at 60 until the optimization issues are fixed. Amazon’s earlier gaming endeavors largely resulted in failures: Grand Tour was subpar, and Crucible went through hell before being canceled.
With FFXIV going strong and the other changes in the MMORPG landscape, Amazon has got a good opportunity to carve its place into this gaming genre. New World Bricking GPUs may not represent the studio’s best step towards that ambitious goal.