Discord Slowing Down GeForce Graphics Cards, NVIDIA Shares Fix

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Owners of GeForce graphics cards should be wary of running Discord while they’re gaming, as the latest version of the popular chat app appears to have introduced an unwanted feature: slowing down NVIDIA GPUs. As confirmed in a new support document by NVIDIA, graphics card memory clocks will not reach full speeds when Discord is open in the background. While a fix won’t be pushed to PCs via an over-the-air update until a later date, affected users can address the problem immediately by following NVIDIA’s instructions below.

From an NVIDIA support post:

Issue: After a recent update to the Discord app, users may notice that the graphics card memory clocks will not reach full speeds when launching a game.

Solution: A fix will be pushed to users PCs via an over the air update at a later date. If you do not receive the update or if you wish to apply the fix manually, you may do so by following the instructions below:

  1. Click here to download the NVIDIA program GeForce 3D Profile Manager.
  2. Open the GeForce 3D Profile Manager.
  3. Click on the button Export SLI Profiles.
  4. A file explorer window will pop up. Select a location to export and save the NVIDIA Profiles text file.
  5. Open the text file saved in step 4 using Notepad (or any program that does not automatically apply formatting).
  6. Perform a search for the section “Discord”. Add a new line and type Setting ID_0x50166c5e = 0x00000000 as shown in the screenshot.
  7. Save the edited NVIDIA Profiles as a txt file.
  8. Go back to the GeForce 3D Profile Manager and click on the Import SLI Profiles button.
  9. A file explorer window will appear. Select the updated “NVIDIA Profiles.txt” file and then click on the Open button.
  10. Once completed, you may close the GeForce 3D Profile Manager application.

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Tsing Mui
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