Yesterday saw the beta launch of Amazon’s much-delayed MMO New World, and early gameplay reports have been generally positive. Considerably less, positive, however, are the increasing number of posts from players saying that New World has also successfully managed to brick their pricey RTX 3090s graphics cards – an issue Amazon has now gone some way to acknowledging on its official support forum.
Word of New World’s potentially hardware-busting abilities first surfaced on the MMO’s dedicated sub-reddit. “I just bricked a 3090 in the main menu after setting my graphics quality to medium and hitting save,” wrote user greyone78. “Cant believe it. Anyone else had a catastrophic failure like this?”.
Multiple responses seem to confirm that, yes, this isn’t an isolated issue, and further reports of RTX 3090 malfunctions after playing New World (primarily seeming to impact cards made by EVGA) began to spread to Twitter and beyond, along with speculation the problem may be the result of power spikes and overheating caused by uncapped frame rates in the game’s menus.