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Is New World Damaging Graphics Cards… Again?

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It seems a big issue from back in the beta of New World has returned on release as well, as a few players are reporting some serious troubles with their graphics cards while playing the game – but it seems it’s not New World’s fault, although…

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It seems a big issue from back in the beta of New World has returned on release as well, as a few players are reporting some serious troubles with their graphics cards while playing the game - but it seems it's not New World's fault, although it is the catalyst for these issues.

A while back during the beta tests there were many reports of "New World bricking GFX cards", specifically Nvidia 3090 EVGA ones, which were even replaced by the manufacturer. The same issue may have returned on launch, but seems to have potentially spread to Gigabyte cards as well as 3080ies, so what's really happening?

As reported by PC Gamer, there are a number of players reporting issues with their graphics cards, with some being "bricked" once more (including some EVGA ones that were already returned and replaced after the beta issues), and many more reports of general issues like 100% use, large power usage, crashes and similar. In the original beta incidents, EVGA itself admitted it was their own fault for the damaged 3090ies, citing manufacturing issues and offering replacements, and this new batch of troubles seems to be much lighter in consequences.

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A lot of the issues people seem to have been having surround the settings screen and the load the game puts the hardware under whenever something gets switched around in there. These errors are not necessarily always bricking the graphics cards in question, but there is a whole slew of folk on the New World forums trying to figure out ways to extend their playtime between crashes. Though at least there are reports from admins that the New World devs are aware of certain hardware related problems and are working on it.
- Dave James, PC Gamer

What seems to be the issue is just the general requirements of a very new game, and in New World's case in particular the graphics setting screen itself may be a bit of an issue, because the game goes through a hard refresh when changing settings, as PC Gamer shows.

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In our testing Alan has noticed that when changing the graphics settings the game does go through a hard refresh, where the engine seems to want to draw the whole scene again, from low poly models, adding more and more detail from there. That seems to put a lot of strain on your system, often hitting 100% GPU load just from switching around some graphics options.
- Dave James, PC Gamer


So in conclusion, it seems it's not really New World damaging cards specifically, but it's definitely bringing out underlying issues with the hardware and is a bit of a graphics hog. The issues aren't affecting that many players either it seems, so the problem may have been overblown, especially when considering that even the beta "bricking" ended up affecting only about two dozen cards.

You can read more details over in PC Gamer's article here.

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