If you own a RTX 3090, stay away from Amazon’s New World

Alexandru Poloboc
by Alexandru Poloboc
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  • We've seen games do weird stuff with our gaming rigs, but no game has ever had such an impact on our GPUs.
  • Amazon's New World game is reportedly destroying RTX 3090 GPUs for no apparent reason, according to gamers.
  • Intense FPS spikes cause GPU temperatures to reach ridiculous heights and then the hardware problems begin.
  • Amazon officials said that the game is working fine, but are issuing a patch for New World, to further reassure players.
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We all know that playing some of the new games out there requires some serious hardware upgrades, such as GPUs or processors.

But what do we do when, even though we bought the most expensive state-of-the-art GPU available, everything falls apart because we chose to play the wrong game?

Some users have been placed in a similar situation, after trying to enjoy Amazon’s new creation.

Amazon’s New World game breaks RTX 3090 graphics cards

Let’s start by saying that the closed beta for New World, which is an Amazon-designed game, has gone live.

While plenty of gamers are already enjoying the game, the ones that have their systems equipped with RTX 3090 graphics cards are getting their gaming setups destroyed when playing the upcoming MMORPG.

Based on reports on the New World Reddit page point out that trying to launch New World while using an RTX 3090 will sometimes cause the GPU to completely fry.

This automatically forces owners of such hardware to immediately contact manufacturers for refunds or replacements.

To be more exact, this horrible issue seems to be affecting EVGA RTX 3090 cards more than other GPUs.

Also, other people who use other versions of the 3090 have reported problems with overheating and dangerous power spikes.

I just bricked a 3090 in the main menu after setting my graphics quality to medium and hitting save. Cant believe it. Anyone else had a catastrophic failure like this? I’ve been playing cyberpunk 3090 on Ultra for months, so this really doesn’t make sense.

Anybody else joining the RMA club?

– i7 8700k @ 4.5ghz

– Seasonic 850W 80+ titanium

– EVGA 3090 FTW3 Ultra (ded version)

– 32GB of Corsair Vengeance

So far, the New World team hasn’t officially admitted the issue or offered advice on avoiding it, or any fixes.

The plethora of users experiencing problems are saying that the lobby is actually causing the issues, with insane FPS spikes for extended periods of time.

This causes GPU temperatures to reach ridiculous heights and then the hardware problems begin.

Not everyone is affected in the same manner, judging from other forum reports stating that the problems start after playing the game for quite a while.

The bigger problem is that some of the usual tricks like V-Sync or FPS caps don’t seem to be fixing this issue.

However, it’s not yet clear what exactly is causing such catastrophic failures. On one hand, it could be a manufacturing defect on the card, or New World itself, or a potential firmware problem.

What’s even more puzzling is that some affected users have said that after removing the bricked GPU and replacing it with a completely different graphics card, the beta ran without further trouble.

For those who don’t know, New World is available for $40 for preorder now and is expected to fully launch on August 31 on Windows 10 and Windows 11.

Know that preordering this game will give you access to the closed beta.

With this initiative, Amazon is aiming to bring a high-quality MMORPG experience to PC gamers around the globe.

Not a really good start, considering that a $40 game is destroying $1500 pieces of hardware.

Amazon officials declared that a patch is coming

Even though no official acknowledgment or mea culpa claim has been issued, some Amazon officials said that the New World Closed Beta is safe to play.

However, in order to further reassure players, they will implement a patch today that caps frames per second on the menu screen.

Thank you all for sharing your reports about this problem. We believe this is related with driver settings and frame rate limiters.

Hopefully, after the software is downloaded and applied to users that run the New World Beta, all this will be solved.

We’ve seen other games throughout the past, doing weird things to our gaming rigs, but no game has had such an effect on GPUs, particularly such expensive models.

We will keep an eye out for further news on this developing story.

Have you already tried New World? What GPU are you running this game on? Let us know in the comments section below.

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