The New World closed beta has been underway for almost three days. And hardware editors around the world have been occupied with one topic for almost as long:
The defective graphics cards in connection with Amazon’s fantasy MMO. More precisely, high-end models, including RTX 3090 and especially cards from EVGA, should be affected. The reason for this is repeatedly cited as being too high an FPS number in the New World menu.
Amazon has meanwhile commented on the problems and rejects the guilt. Nevertheless, a patch has been rolled out that limits the frame rate in the menu. In the short check, we were able to confirm a significantly lower load on the GPU.
Editor Nils Raettig therefore thinks that Amazon should not pull itself out of responsibility so easily:
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But can high FPS in the menu really be the reason for a defective graphics card? Shouldn’t the appropriate limiters take effect with “healthy” hardware? The hardware experts at igor’sLab provide two possible explanations:
Explanation # 1: EVGA is the problem
The renowned Europe Hardware specialist Igor Wallossek has also addressed the problem. In his assessment, the blame lies clearly and exclusively with the manufacturer EVGA. Accordingly, it should be a “design problem” of certain models:
Specifically, Igor claims to have found out that the »Fan Control IC«, the chip for controlling the fan, is said to have completely failed in some cases. The reason why the graphics cards no longer output an image is not the actual GPU or the power supply, but simply the blown fan control IC.
Since EVGA’s broken RTX 3090 is not only reported online, igor’sLab is considering another option:
Explanation # 2: Nvidia is the problem
for igors’Lab-Autor Xaver Amberger The most plausible explanation for the dying of graphics cards is the following: Modern accelerators have their own monitoring circuits that are supposed to prevent peaks in current intensity and power consumption. The decisive factor is the intervals at which the measurements are carried out.
According to Amberger, it seems that the sensors cannot resolve sufficiently finely and therefore cannot detect the spikes. This in turn may lead to the GPU consuming too much power and consequently suffering a defect. The limit seems to be one millisecond or 1,000 frames per second.
Now it doesn’t matter whether board partners install additional fuses, which might not work either, because all designs have to be presented to and approved by Nvidia.
There is still no culprit
The most important point in this discussion, however, is that there are simply no final answers to the question of guilt: The explanations from igor’sLab may seem plausible, but ultimately they are no more than mere theories.
The data situation is unclear: How many graphics cards have failed in connection with New World, from which manufacturers and under which circumstances exactly? Answers have yet to be found to all of these questions. We will keep you up to date on the status of the development!
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What do you all mean? Who is to blame for the defective graphics cards: Amazon, Nvidia or their board partners? Feel free to write it in the comments!