In the New World forum, user Goatz posted that as soon as they tried to start the beta, their fan speeds increased to 100 per cent, before the frame rate plummeted to zero and the monitors turned off.
Upon rebooting their PC, they attempted to start New World again, after trying a few other games first.
“Same thing happen but this time i heard a loud pop and now my 3090 wont get past POST on bootup,” they wrote.
They added that this is actually the second 3090 FTW3 Ultra supplied by chip manufacturer EVGA to have failed while playing New World, having also experienced this during the Alpha.
Other users have replied to the post to confirm they have also suffered the same issue, including streamer Gladd who tweeted that “playing the New World beta on my EVGA 3090 has fried my graphics card completely.”
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
“The memory spikes to over 100°C when running new world in any graphics setting with an uncapped framerate,” they wrote. “It is a somewhat publicly unknown issue with 3080 and 3090 cards… Most demanding games like Cyberpunk are ‘only’ in the area of 90°C with maxed out setting though, so it has certainly something to do with game optimization.”
The RTX 3090 GPUs are currently one of the most powerful GPUs on the market but their limited stock also makes an already expensive graphics chip even more costly.
NME has reached out to Amazon for comment.
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