The highly anticipated Diablo 4 beta has been making waves in the gaming community, but not all of the buzz has been positive. Reports have been surfacing of the beta causing GPUs to overheat, leaving some players with damaged graphics cards. This problem is causing concern among gamers, and Blizzard is now investigating the issue.
During the early access beta period, which ran from March 17-19, players reported that their GPUs were overheating while running the game. This led to concerns about potential damage to the GPUs, with some players even reporting that their graphics cards had been permanently damaged as a result. Players have reported experiencing graphical errors, black screens, and unresponsive graphics cards. Most of them have even reported complete failure of their GPUs due to excessive heat.
According to PC Gamer, the issue seems to be affecting custom NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti GPUs. The cooling fans on these graphics cards kick into overdrive, indicating an increase in stress on the processors. However, it’s unclear if other GPUs are also experiencing this issue. It isn’t the first time a beta has caused GPU problems. In 2021, Amazon’s New World beta caused some EVGA RTX 3090 cards to fail due to a soldering problem.
Moreover, one “jonzie23” of Eurogamer’s readers reported an issue with their graphics processing unit (GPU) while playing Diablo 4 during the beta phase. He said, “I wanted to wrap up my time with beta on Monday, played for 20 minutes, then my PC shut down unexpectedly. My GPU was so hot that I burnt my fingers when touching the HDMI connector. Luckily it was not permanently damaged. I thought that it was an isolated instance, but I have found some articles saying that more people experienced it actually, and they were not as lucky as I was.”
There is currently no real explanation for this heating problem, however many assumptions have been proposed. The game’s lack of a frame rate limiter is one possible cause of GPUs getting too hot to the touch while playing. One possible explanation is that the game isn’t optimized for your computer’s specifications.
Blizzard, the company behind Diablo 4, has acknowledged the reports of overheating GPUs and is actively investigating the issue. They have not yet released an official statement on the matter, but they have been reaching out to affected players to gather more information. The players are advising each other to lower their frame rate caps in the hope of preventing future problems. Blizzard issued its own guidance at the same time via Battle.net:
“If your card is still not working, try these troubleshooting steps:”
- Conduct a complete power cycle (AC OFF->AC ON) and see if GPU can be detected under Windows.
- If GPU can be found under Windows, do a clean driver install.
The open beta for Diablo 4 has been made available to all players as of today and is scheduled to continue from March 24-26. Blizzard has advised players to be prepared for potentially long wait times at launch. The full release of this highly anticipated RPG is slated for June 6 and will be available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.
Diablo 4 Beta Overheating Cards: How to Protect Your GPU
If you’re planning on playing the Diablo 4 beta, it’s important to take steps to protect your GPU from potential overheating. Here are some tips:
- Monitor your GPU temperature: Keep an eye on your GPU temperature during gameplay, and if it starts to get too high, take a break and let it cool down.
- Install the latest drivers: Make sure you have the latest graphics card drivers installed, as they often include performance improvements and bug fixes.
- Set a framerate cap: To prevent your card from working too hard, you can set a framerate cap in your GPU control panel to limit the frame rates.
- Use a cooling pad: If you’re playing on a laptop, using a cooling pad can help keep your both GPU and CPU cool.
- Don’t overclock: Overclocking your card can greatly boost the game’s performance, but it also increases the risk of overheating which can result in the permanent failure of your graphics card.
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