Amazon’s New World Accused Of ‘Bricking’ Nvidia Graphics Cards
The beta of a new Amazon-published game, New World, is reportedly causing Nvidia graphics cards to fail.
Several gamers on New World’s official forum are reporting problems with Nvidia RTX 3090 cards from various manufacturers after installing and playing the New World beta.
“So after hitting the play button for New World beta the game started to load, followed immediately by fan speeds increasing to 100%, fps dropping to 0, and then my monitors turning off and my video card is no longer detected,” writes one player on the New World forum, who was using an EVGA card based on the Nvidia chip.
“This is the 2nd 3090 FTW3 Ultra directly from EVGA to die while playing or attempting to play New World.”
Many users have reported similar problems, and they don’t seem to be restricted to EVGA cards. “Same happened to my RTX 3090 after spending time in queue and then playing for a little bit,” writes another commenter. “It just got fried. I have a Gigabyte RTX 3090 though.”
It’s not clear why New World, in particular, should cause problems, although there is speculation that it’s pushing the graphics card so hard that it’s causing them to overheat. A separate support thread on the game’s forum suggests that even the game’s lobby screen is putting heavy load on the GPU, with moderators reporting that developers are working on a fix.
Amazon has been approached for comment.
New World entered a closed beta period earlier this week and has been hugely popular, with reports claiming that almost 200,000 players have been seen on servers at the same time.