Amazon-developed MMORPG New World‘s closed beta session launched recently, and it’s the talk of the town. Both in numbers and in heated news.
First: the good. New World has hit a peak of 190,811 players in its closed beta session according to SteamDB, and has 700,000 live viewers watching 9,000+ individual channels playing the game on Twitch. Keep in mind that the game can be run without racking up playtime on Steam, meaning players who aren’t happy with the purchase can refund it without much hassle. At least until the game is out for real this 31st August.
Now the bad: the game is killing GeForce RTX 3090 graphics cards. That’s bad enough, but this expensive graphics card is currently pretty hard to come by as well due to recent news about its stock being low from all the cryptocurrency business the past few months.
According to the New World subreddit, users have noticed the dying of the light from their RTX 3090 cards. Ditto Twitter:
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
Long story short: you may not want to run New World uncapped and having it overheat your GPUs in the meantime. Instead, play the game with a capped frame rate and in an underclocked condition so that you won’t kill your expensive and hard-to-find graphics card.