Recent reports indicate that some high-end Nvidia GPUs, specifically the RTX 3080 Ti graphics cards manufactured by Gigabyte, may be experiencing performance issues, and in some cases, even dying while playing the Diablo 4 closed beta. This has left gamers frustrated and angry.
The symptoms reported include black screens, GPU fans running at full speed, system restarts, and occasional error codes, which have led to dead GPUs, although not in every instance. This issue is similar to what happened with Amazon’s MMO New World, where the game exposed a potentially fatal flaw in some RTX 3090 GPUs.
Diablo 4 is unlikely to be the root cause of the issue, but rather a catalyst for exposing a pre-existing weakness in the affected cards. It may be up to Gigabyte to address the issue, and not Blizzard. In the meantime, players can protect themselves by limiting the maximum frame rate in Diablo 4’s options settings or within the Nvidia Control Panel.
Those who are experiencing issues with their Gigabyte RTX 3080 Ti graphics card while playing Diablo 4 are encouraged to request returns from the manufacturer. However, it’s still unclear whether Gigabyte will replace these cards free-of-charge, but it is important to officially note any issues.
How to limit your frame rate within the Nvidia Control Panel
- Open Nvidia Control Panel (right click on desktop)
- Scroll down to Manage 3D Settings
- Change Max Frame Rate to On
- Choose a max frame rate (your monitor’s refresh rate will do)
- Click Apply
- You may need to restart the game or your entire system for the changes to apply
Diablo 4 is the fourth installment in the Diablo series and is set in a dark fantasy world where players battle against demons and other monstrous creatures. The game features both single-player and multiplayer modes, and has mixed reactions by fans of the series.