Amazon’s new open-world MMO, New World, officially launched this Tuesday, but reports continue to roll in from players who claim that the game is capable of bricking expensive NVIDIA graphics cards. They include various complaints on the r/newworldgame subreddit, as well as reports from German hardware sites such as WinFuture, which revealed in a recent article that New World ended up bricking one of its GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 3090 GPUs. This supposedly occurred after the author merely closed the game.
Apparently, however, there are still various triggers that put such a strain on the vulnerable graphics cards from EVGA and Gigabyte that a hardware failure can be the result. From our immediate environment, we learned of a significant increase in load when changing the graphics settings, while in our case simply closing the game resulted in a “bricked” Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3090 Gaming. The fans howl to 100 percent, the screen goes black, the PC says goodbye.
Another worrisome report stems from PowerGPU, a company that’s been building custom PCs since 1999. PowerGPU says that it’s been receiving emails from customers who claim that their GPUs no longer work after trying to play New World. Some say that their graphics cards died before even reaching the main menu.
So we knew this was going to happen. We have people sending in emails that their GPUs are no longer working after playing New World.— PowerGPU® (@PowerGPU) September 29, 2021
All this means is they didn't play the beta and we were anticipating those that didn't to have the same issues.