It’s a reminder of the GeForce RTX 3090 with a new world: Fifteen Diablo IV players allege their GeForce RTX 3080 Ti “killed” the Blizzard game beta. A promising trait that can be difficult to prove, however.
Diablo IV’s first open beta took place last weekend (it’s only for those who pre-ordered the game; the actual open beta starts tomorrow). Many GeForce RTX 3080 Ti owners are alleging that the studio’s Hack ‘n’ Slash “bricked” their graphics card. A case in point recalling the GeForce RTX 3090 killed by Amazon’s MMORPG, New World. With two notable differences: the skills of the studio’s developers are much less uncertain, and the GeForce RTX 3080T is not as young as the GeForce RTX 3090s at the time.
Our colleague Xie Liu from Tom’s Hardware US has documented the reported cases. There are about fifteen. Not all users specify the brand of their graphics card, but the Gigabyte and Evca models do matter. It is difficult to estimate the magnitude of the event at this stage. The fifteen or so players who got to experience the beta last weekend certainly don’t represent much; Then, of course not everyone has the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, which is a very expensive reference, clearly not a flagship GPU. As an indication, according to the latest hardware survey this GeForce is found in just 0.78% of Steam users.
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Only a few cases; Generalization is very dangerous
All affected GPUs take their last breath the same way: black screen, racing fans and then… nothing (or GPU heaven or CPU or RAM rebirth, depending on how you believe). The playing time before this phenomenon occurs is very short, 15-20 minutes according to users. Note that GeForce RTX 3080 and Radeon RX 6900 XT owners are also up for grabs.
|brand||Graphics card||Number of cases|
|gigabyte||GeForce RTX 3080 Ti||6|
|Not specified||GeForce RTX 3080 Ti||5|
|gigabyte||GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Vision OC 12G||3|
|gigabyte||GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Gaming OC 12G||1|
|EVGA||GeForce RTX 3080 Ti||1|
|Not specified||GeForce RTX 3080||1|
|Not specified||Radeon RX 6900 XT||1|
Let’s be careful not to jump to any conclusions at this point. In the case of the new world bricked GeForce RTX 3090, the game menu, whose graphic rendering was not closed, was first presented as a possible culprit. Of course, in principle it is impossible to permanently “destroy” a game graphics card by running it at 100% capacity at a very high frame rate (after all, that is what is expected from a GPU). And in the worst case, for a single processor, various hardware security mechanisms must intervene. To New World, EVGA issued a ruling that made sense: The affected graphics cards suffered from manufacturing defects. The case happened less than a year after the RTX 3090 was released, so the cards involved are still under warranty.
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti release date as early as summer 2021; So the warranty is still valid. So, if you have a GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and plan to play Diablo IV this weekend, Blizzard’s game may reveal a hitherto hidden manufacturing flaw.