Is Starcraft II bad for your graphics card?

Summary:One of the most anticipated games in years, Starcraft II is so hot that it can burn up your graphics card. Literally.

One of the most anticipated games in years, Starcraft II is so hot that it can burn up your graphics card. Literally.

The blockbuster has a strange bug that can make your card render the menus over and over again until it overheats. The issue is that the menu's frame rate is unlocked, which could send your graphics board into a tizzy when it has nothing to do but keep rendering the menu.

Luckily, there's an easy enough fix to limit the zapping to the game itself and not your PC. Look for the variables.txt file that's found in the Documents\Starcraft II folder and make the following additions:

frameratecapglue=30 frameratecap=60

That will solve the problem until Blizzard Entertainment releases a patch that pours some frozen water on that bug. The company is aware of the problem and has noted it in a Known Issue thread on the game's technical support forum, saying the following:

Screens that are light on detail may make your system overheat if cooling is overall insufficient. This is because the game has nothing to do so it is primarily just working on drawing the screen very quickly.

[Via Game Informer]

Topics: Hardware, Mobility

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Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

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