Amazon’s upcoming New World MMO has reportedly been bricking various NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 graphics cards, many of which appear to be models manufactured by EVGA. According to an investigation by Igor Wallossek, the problem is likely common to EVGA’s GeForce RTX 3090 GPUs due to a design flaw that they allegedly have related to their cooling technology. Wallossek discovered that the bricking seems to stem from the fan control chips that they use, which are getting burnt out by the game. Calling it a “stupid design,” Wallossek suggested that the engineering and components that EVGA applied to these cards were not necessary due to advancements that NVIDIA had made for its Turing and Ampere generations. That said, other enthusiasts are claiming that Amazon’s New World MMO is affecting all sorts of cards, ranging from older AMD Radeon RX 590 models to NVIDIA’s latest flagship, the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti. Amazon has since released a statement suggesting that its New World MMO is safe to play.
I've now had the following GPU owners express they have had shut downs and failures with New World…— JayzTwoCents (@JayzTwoCents) July 22, 2021
So once again, the issue definitely is with SOMETHING in the way the game New World is rendering. This ISNT a 3090'exclusive issue! PERIOD!!
Please read this message regarding recent concerns with graphics cards hardware. pic.twitter.com/L1gNeBBPQS— New World (@playnewworld) July 21, 2021
[…] As I was able to find out, it is not an area of the voltage converter that is affected by the failure, but the “Fan Control IC,” i.e. the chip for the actual fan control, which is said to be completely burnt out in the worst case. We do remember that EVGA is also working with various additional temperature sensors on the board to better adjust the cooling, based on my research at the time. This is also evidenced by submissions from the aggrieved parties who reported extreme fan whine.
Source: Igor’s Lab