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Users are confused by Nvidia's Discord bug notice

by on09 February 2023

It is supposed to be fixed

GPU maker Nvidia claims to have fixed the Discord bug, which is throttling its GPUs, but investors are not sure.

Nvidia recently released an update to fix a VRAM glitch affecting its GPUs when users left Discord open. However, the company hasn't provided clear directions of how the update works, only saying that it doesn't require manual action. The company's latest GPU drivers include the patch but might require users to receive it.

Many Nvidia graphics card owners awaiting the fix likely expected the company to bundle it with a driver update. Nvidia describes the solution as an application profile update that automatically downloads the next time users start Windows.

However, users on Reddit and Twitter responded by asking Nvidia which program downloads the update and the company has not replied. It doesn't require GeForce Experience, Nvidia's usual method of automatic updates.

The bug in question caused Nvidia GPU memory clocks to drop to P2 state if Discord ran in the background, preventing VRAM from reaching its full clock speed and affecting gaming performance. It emerged after a recent Discord update, possibly allowing users with GeForce RTX 40 series cards to stream while encoding with the new AV1 video format.

Those still determining whether they received the patch should test performance to see if it has returned to normal. Nvidia Profile Inspector can check whether the Discord profile forces the P2 state.

Installing graphics driver version 528.49, which Nvidia released this week, also solves the problem, as the company lists the Discord glitch under "Fixed Issues." Just make sure you restart Windows after updating the drivers.

Users still experiencing the memory issue can try the manual solution Nvidia had proposed: downloading the GeForce 3D Profile Manager and editing an SLI profile according to the company's directions. One person responding to Nvidia claimed the automatic update doesn't work on Windows 11 and that turning off auto updates could prevent it from applying it.


Last modified on 09 February 2023
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