Over the past few years, PC gamers have started using Discord as their preferred chat and calling program. You most likely have it installed on your PC if you enjoy playing multiplayer games with friends, and many people have it set up to launch automatically when their computer boots. This is why its most recent bug is annoying: Nvidia GeForce graphics cards are operating slower as a result of a recent Discord upgrade. Fortunately, a solution can be found.
According to several frustrated gamers around the world, it’s been surveyed that a necessity for PC gamers, Discord, has been reducing the memory frequency NVIDIA graphic cards have by a shocking 200 MHz. This is because of a hidden feature Nvidia GeForce GPUs have that is part of their power-management process. The graphic processors have the ability to modify memory clock speeds dynamically, as a response to load.
In the Furmark test, a test that is made to push memory clocks to speeds across their limits to show off their performance, the memory frequency while running discord was still observed falling 200 MHz short even under the hellish stress of the test.
Why Discord Slows Down Nvidia GPU:
Numerous users were affected by the GPU slowness problem brought on by the Discord update, which alarmed the gaming community. An incompatibility between the Discord software and Nvidia GPUs was to blame for the issue, which made the GPU operate more slowly than usual. For some users, this led to a decline in performance and a less-than-ideal gaming experience.
Discord Slowing Down GPU Fix:
This problem was noted by NVIDIA, who promised that a patch would be released in a subsequent GeForce driver version. In the interim, it published a DIY fix for the issue, which entails downloading the GeForce 3D Profile Manager tool, setting it to “export SLI profiles” (applicable even to single-GPU workstations), modifying the exported SLI profiles file as a plaintext document, and reimporting the profile. This essentially changes how the driver acts while the Discord app is open.
We presume that all GeForce graphics cards could be compromised because Nvidia didn’t list any specific models that were impacted. In the meantime, if you want to halt the RAM nerf right away, Nvidia provided instructions on how to do so. The company is working on distributing a correct remedy to all users at a later time. It’s both complex and very easy to understand. The following procedures are taken directly from Nvidia’s support page:
- Firstly, download GeForce 3D Profile Manager, which is an official NVIDIA software.
- Install & Open GeForce 3D Profile Manager.
- Find the option Export SLI Profiles & Click it
- Find a location where you wish to export the NVIDIA profiles text file in the file explorer window.
- After exporting & saving the file, open it using notepad. (You can use any software, but it best not automatically apply formatting).
- Press Ctrl+F and search for “Discord”. From there, you have to add a new line as you’re writing a paragraph & type in: “Setting ID_0x50166c5e = 0x00000000” (without quotations mark).
- After doing this, press Ctrl+S or save the NVIDIA Profiles txt file.
- Once again, open the GeForce 3D Profile Manager & this time, import SLI Profiles.
- Import the NVIDIA Profiles file you have just saved after updating it, and then click the open button.
- Once completed, you’re now free to close the GeForce 3D Profile Manager.
**It is advised you restart your PC to see changes instantly**
Now you can play your favorite games with your friends without having to worry about discord slowing your game performance down. Game away!