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Fortnite GPU Crash – 8 Reasons & Fixes

Fortnite GPU Crash – 8 Reasons & Fixes

If you run Fortnite on your PC to compete in Battle Royale or quest in Save the World, but the GPU often faces a crash, you may wonder why this is happening.

If Fortnite is crashing the GPU on your PC, the game files or the Visual C++ Redistributables might be corrupt. To fix this, verify the integrity of the Fortnite game files through the Epic Games Launcher. Also, download Microsoft’s latest (x64 or x86) Visual C++ Redistributables, run the executable file, and start the repair process. 

In this article, we’ll discuss why when you play Fortnite on a computer, the GPU crashes and how you can resolve this problem without much effort.

Why is my graphics card crashing in Fortnite?

Why is my graphics card crashing in Fortnite

If Fortnite causes your GPU to crash, this could be due to one of the following reasons:

  • Your computer system specs are incompatible with running Fortnite.
  • Damaged Fortnite game files or GameUserSettings.ini file
  • Outdated graphics card driver.
  • “High-Resolution Textures” and “DirectX 12 Shaders” features are turned on in the game.
  • Issues with the DirectX 12 rendering mode or Visual C++ Redistributables.
  • Damaged GPU power connector.
  • Incorrect registry or graphics settings.

How do I stop Fortnite from crashing the GPU?

stop Fortnite from crashing the GPU

If the Fortnite game causes the GPU (Intel, AMD, or NVIDIA) to crash, here are 8 easy-to-follow solutions to get rid of this annoying problem. 

Check Your Computer Specification

Fortnite needs to meet certain requirements (CPU, GPU, and RAM) to run seamlessly on your computer. Otherwise, the game might cause its GPU to crash and force a restart. 

These requirements are:

Minimum: 

  • Video Card: Intel HD 4000/AMD Radeon Vega 8.
  • Processor: Core i3-3225 3.3 GHz.
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM.
  • OS: Win 10 64-bit

Recommended: 

  • Video Card: AMD R9 280 or Nvidia GTX 960 (equivalent DX11 GPU)
  • Video Memory: 2 GB VRAM
  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 3 3300U or Core i5-7300U 3.5 GHz
  • Memory: 16 GB or higher RAM
  • Hard Drive: NVMe Solid State Drive
  • OS: Windows 10/11 64-bit

Therefore, check your PC specs (especially GPU) and upgrade it for running Fortnite without a crash. 

TIP: Update the graphics card driver to fix any compatibility issues with Fortnite features. If your PC has an AMD driver, you need to roll its version to the 22.2.2 edition and select the “Standard” option instead of “Gamer.”

Lower the Graphics Settings

If you have set the graphics settings on Fortnite too high, it might increase the workload on your computer’s GPU and cause it to crash unexpectedly. 

Don’t fret! Simply do these steps to lower the graphics setting on Fortnite to fix this issue:

  • Open “Fortnite.”
  • Select the three lines (menu bar).
  • Go to “Settings” > “Video Settings.”
  • Choose “Resolution.”
  • Set the resolution to match with that of your PC. 
  • Go to “Graphics Quality.”
  • Configure “Auto-Set Quality” to “Low/Medium.” 
  • Configure “View Distance” to “Medium/Far.”
  • Set “Shadows” and “Anti-Aliasing” to “Off.”
  • Set both “Textures” and “Effects” to “Low.”
  • Configure “Show FPS” to “On.”

Next up, restart your computer, open “Fortnite,” and see whether the problem persists.

NOTE: Incorrect graphic settings also lead Fortnite to stop responding and stay stuck on the black screen.

Disable High-Resolution Textures and DirectX 12 Shaders

You may have enabled the “High-Resolution Textures” and “DirectX 12 Shaders” features on Fortnite, which require more processing power and are not compatible with all graphics cards.

To fix this, disable these features through Epic Games Launcher with these steps:

  • Open “Epic Games Launcher.”
  • Go to “Library.”
  • Look for “Fortnite.”
  • Click the three dots.
  • Click “Options.”
  • Uncheck “High-Resolution Textures.” 
  • Uncheck “DirectX 12 Shaders.”

Afterward, click “Apply” to save your settings, open Fortnite, and verify the fix.

NOTE: The “Replays” and “Ray Tracing” features on Fortnite often trigger the ADM GPU to crash on your PC. Therefore, make sure to disable these features in the game.

Delete GameUserSettings.ini File

Some users suggest that deleting the “GameUserSettings.ini” file also helped them to stop the Fortnite GPU crash. Here’s how:

  • Open “File Explorer / This PC.”
  • Type in “%localappdata%” in the path bar.
  • Press “Enter.”
  • Go to “\FortniteGame\Saved\Config\WindowsClient\.”
  • Look for “GameUserSettings.ini” file.
  • Back up the file (in another drive).
  • Right-click “GameUserSettings.ini.”
  • Choose “Delete.”

After that, open Fortnite on your system, let the game create a new default .ini file, and the problem should be resolved. 

Change the Rendering Mode

The DX12 rendering mode in Fortnite often conflicts with AMD GPUs, resulting in a crash in the middle of the battle. 

So, if you’ve set this mode in Fortnite, change it to “DX11” by following these steps:

  • Open “Fortnite.”
  • Go to “Menu” > “Settings” > Video Settings.”
  • Click “Rendering Mode.”
  • Select “DX11.”
Changing rendering mode on Fortnite

There is a possibility that the GPU power connector is faulty or damaged, which can crash your system when you run Fortnite with DX12 settings. 

So, consult a qualified technician who can diagnose the problem and replace the connector with a new one.

Verify the Game Files

There’s another fix! You can verify the integrity of the Fortnite game files on your computer and let Epic Games repair or replace any corrupt ones that might be leading to this annoying issue. To do this:

  • Open “Epic Game Launcher.”
  • Select “Library.”
  • Look for “Fortnite.”
  • Click the three dots.
  • Go to “Manage” > “Verify.”

Wait for the validation process to complete: launch Fortnite, and hopefully, the GPU won’t crash this time.

NOTE: Corrupt game files might also cause Fortnite to kick you out of the match.

Repair Visual C++ Redistributables

Another solution to stop Fortnite from crashing the GPU on your computer is to repair the Visual C++ Redistributables and remove any damaged files. Here’s how:

Change the Registry Settings

The next fix is to change the registry settings for the graphics card installed on your computer. Here’s how:

  • Press “Win+R.” (keyboard)
  • Type “regedit.”
  • Press “Enter.”
  • Click “File” in Registry Editor.
  • Click “Export.”
  • Select a location to save the backup file of registry keys.
  • Enter the following path in the Registry Editor: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlGraphicsDrivers
configuring registry for GPU
  • Press “Enter.”
  • Right-click in the right (empty) pane. 
  • Select “New.”
  • Select “QWORD (64-bit) Value.”

Now, name the new value “TdrLevel,” double-click it, and set the Value Data to 0. Then, close the Registry Editor and open Fortnite; the GPU won’t crash again.

Conclusion

In this article, we’ve explored what caused the GPU to crash on Fortnite and the solutions for this problem.

Hopefully, you can now enjoy a seamless gaming experience while playing Fortnite on your computer.

Author

  • Tauqeer Ahmed

    Tauqeer Ahmed is a technology expert with over 10 years of experience in the industry. He has a degree in Computer Science and specializes in network security and software troubleshooting. You can find out more about him at https://helpfixthat.com/tauqeer-ahmed/