The release of the New World closed beta has led to some users reporting problems with their GPU running at 100%. This is in addition to some of the other teething problems the game has had during this testing phase. Some problems are more serious than others, and this is one of those that needs careful attention. If you aren't careful it can lead to your GPU being bricked.
Before you get to that stage, have a read of our advice, to help stop it from happening. Do it. Before it's too late. Your GPU, and your wallet, will thank you for it.
How to fix New World 100% GPU Issues
Amazon have been pretty swift to reply to the issues that have been raised around this. They've also provided a list of things you can do to try to prevent it from happening:
- Disable the overrides in the driver settings,
- Make sure to press “APPLY”
- Restart the game client.
- Also you can cap your FPS. This will help prevent issues with the GPU’s utilization.
- Go to Settings > Visuals > Max fps > Set this to 60, this should help to bring the utilization back down.
- Additionally, please be sure to check in your NVIDIA Control Panel under Manage 3D Settings > Program Settings > Select New World, and check that Max Frame Rate either shows 'Use Global Settings (Off)' or just Off.
This will hopefully limit the amount of load being placed on your GPU, preventing it from being permanently damaged. Which, as if written by someone who understands structure, leads us neatly to the next question: just how serious is this problem?
What are the GPU issues, and how serious are they?
A lot of users have come forward to say that their GPU is running at 100% capacity. It seems particularly problematic for people who are using EVGA RTX 3090 cards, many of whom have actually found their GPU bricked as a result. And this isn't a cheap, basic card either; in fact, it tends to cost around the $2000 mark.
It doesn't seem to be in what might be considered graphically intensive parts of the game either. People have been noticing New World GPU usage at 100% while queuing to get into the game, or while in a menu. While you might have hoped that keeping yourself to yourself might avoid this, the truth is it could happen at any time. So it's well worth following the advice from Amazon. Even if you don't have the specific graphics card that has been bricked, why risk it?
It hasn't been explicitly stated why this seems to be happening, or why that particular graphics card is effected. But the fact they are focussing on frame rate limiters and driver settings, points to the problem potentially being uncapped frames.
Is there anything you can do if you happen to have lost your GPU before reading this article? Well, if you have an EVGA RTX 3080 or 3090 card that stopped working while playing New World, it might be worth contacting email@example.com. For other GPU models, Amazon recommend starting a new thread on their forum, for further assistance.