New World turns RTX 3090 GPUs into bricks and bans a streamer for milking an in-game cow

2 milk 2 nutritious

    
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I admit, that headline is going to require a little bit of explanation, so let’s just get right into this odd little batch of New World news. We’ll start off with a very specific problem related to EVGA RTX 3090 graphics cards, which the game is apparently absolutely frying, although as Kotaku notes, it seems to be a hardware issue rather than the game’s fault. The bricking problem appears to be affecting other 3090 GPU users as well, but EVGA versions of the card seem to be the most susceptible. Those with this version of the GPU will probably want to stay away from the game or follow Amazon’s own suggested fixes.

Next, we have the very odd case of a livestreamer getting banned in the game for the crime of… milking a cow in-game. Streamer AnnieFuschia was going through the closed beta motions of the game and decided to get some milk from a nearby cow, which resulted in her getting a bottle of milk and a message stating that she received a “permenant ban” (the game’s misspelling, not ours). The reason? “You have been banned.” Luckily, someone from the game’s dev team was watching the broadcast and the matter was looked in to, and it appears to have been a coincidence, but we prefer the idea that the cow’s milk is too tasty for TV.

Update
Amazon has gone ahead and patched in an FPS cap to prevent the issue.

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Dennis VonBeck

The More You Know…

v=KLyNFrKyG74″>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLyNFrKyG74

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Ardra Diva

that’s freaking amazing. I have an EVGA card by the way and have always been very pleased with it.

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Dug From The Earth

its not just 3080s

My 1070 was reaching record high temps even capped at 60 FPS and running on LOW settings.

The lumberyard engine is complete garbage.

So many better engines that run better, look just as good, and that dont make your GPU run at super hot temps.

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Eliandal

Conversely, been running it on my laptop 2070 all afternoon. Sitting at 60+FPS all day. Warm but not hot. No problems with the engine here!

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Dug From The Earth

How are you judging the temp?

By feel of the laptop?

Curious what an actual GPU temp monitor would display.

Also, plugged in, or running off the battery?

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Ardra Diva

many graphic card manufacturers supply an app with that stat and settings menus.

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Dug From The Earth

True… but often that requires you to alt tab out of the game to view (if you dont have a 2nd monitor), and doing such, will immediately lower the load on the GPU, thus providing inaccurate readings.

If they have an in game overlay, thats the best way.

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Dennis VonBeck

I’ll turn it around… “how are you judging your temps?

What make of GTX 1070 do you have?

What app are you using to judge the temps?

Any overclocking? If so how high?

What’s your core voltage and power limit set at?

You also mention “record high temps”. what would those be?

The Lumberyard engine is just a updated modified version of Crytek’s CryEngine, which is not by any means “a garbage” engine.

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Fisty

My Gigabyte 2060 Super has been playing all afternoon and the max temp I’ve seen is 74C. I capped my FPS at 60, just in case, but haven’t had a single problem with temps. In fact, my whole system has been running nice and cool. I use GeForce experience, HWinfo, GPUTemp and CoreTemp to monitor temps and power and what not. Specifically GeForce in game overlay since I installed NW earlier.

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Bryan Correll

You can’t just up to someone and start tugging on their nipples like that.

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Rndomuser

It’s not only EVGA’s cards, some other cards from Gigabyte and MSI were also affected, there is a Reddit thread about that. Reminds me of the time when it was possible to kill your card with Furmark benchmark before the manufacturers started to add proper power limit protection and Nvidia/AMD started to add detection of this benchmark to their drivers to reduce the load on GPUs.

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Armsman

Hell in the early days of Star Trek Online (The 2009 closed beta), Cryptic’s MMO engine was also frying high-end video cards of the day.

Their suggestion too, was to limit FPS output via a slash command in their launcher. They also added an option to have the engine itself monitor and reduce the output of the card by 10%.

Unfortunately yes depending on how the software is written it can overdrive the hardware to the point where the hardware fails. You could make an argument that hardware manufacturers should include an onboard system that limits driving a chip beyond a certain threshold, But they know they make their money on people who are willing to overdrive certain cards knowing the risks.

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Dennis VonBeck

I believe this has something to do with EVGA and their really crappy VRMS/Capacitors.

In today’s day and age software should not and will not break hardware.

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Armsman

Being Auto banned for milking a cow…that’s udderly ridiculous…

>rimshot<

Thank you, thank you I'll be here all week.

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obrobos .

The banning had NOTHING to do with the cow. It was an error on Amazon’s event team’s end where they accidentally blacklisted this streamer instead of whitelisting her for priority access. Bad timing with the cow, I guess.

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Java Jawa

Kotaku makes note that this is specifically a hardware problem pertaining to the EVGA 3090 FTW series of cards.

If you read a bit more about what’s going on, it sounds like the cards have a defective capacitor issues or faulty wiring, it’s one of the few things that could consistently cause a GPU to brick aka popping sound.

Wouldn’t surprise me as there’s a very big shortage going on in terms of silicon and tech material, so could have cut some corners.

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bobfish

Lumberyard also isn’t built for the latest hardware, so its probably pushing the GPU in ways most modern games don’t and I imagine with the chip shortage Amazon might not have done a full range of compatibility testing either.

Clearly a hardware problem though, New World just happened to be the game to identify it.

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Greaterdivinity

This brings back traumatic memories of my old GPU which was quite prone to overheating, ran like a jet engine (with fans, not even a blower!) and would periodically shut off if I ran it too hot for too long (not hard). And that was an el-cheapo temp card (that ended up not being so temporary).

Man, feel bad for the folks that get bricked cards. Those things are hard as hell to get and expensive as hell, definitely not worth bricking over a game like New World. If they’re gonna brick it on something, it’d better be Crysis.