Gamers have recently reported that playing Blizzard’s Diablo IV beta is causing their GPU to brick. Several users on Reddit and the Blizzard forums have shared their harrowing experiences, claiming that their GeForce RTX 3080 Ti – a high-end graphics card – was rendered useless after playing the beta for only twenty minutes. All affected players had the same experience – their screen went black and the cooling fans on the graphics cards went into overdrive, while no image was shown on screen after that. Even after restarting the computer several times the graphics card still didn’t work.

The majority of cases claim the bricked graphics cards are from Gigabyte, but there was also a good number of cases from unspecified vendors. Even an EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and a Radeon RX 6900 XT were reported to be affected. Following these reports, some users have recommended that their peers cap the frame rate for safety measures. Nvidia GeForce users can limit the frame rates on their graphics cards through the Nvidia control panel.

It remains too soon to say whether Gigabyte’s GeForce RTX 3080 Ti or Diablo IV is to blame for these issues. However, Gigabyte reportedly sent a user who broke his GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Vision OC 12G card while playing Valheim a replacement without giving any details on what was wrong with the graphics card. The fact that a gpu had failed to perform not just in Diablo IV but another game suggests a bad batch could have left the manufacturer.

There is still no official response from either company, but this Diablo IV bricking graphics card issue certainly has a New World-killing GeForce RTX 3090 vibe. It is worrying that a game in beta version could cause such damage to a graphics card, especially when this is not a widespread issue. However, it’s always a risk to play a beta version of an upcoming game. It shouldn’t kill your graphics card, unless a defect exists that we don’t yet know about, which is apparently being exposed by Diablo IV gameplay.

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