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Fortnite AMD Crash – 7 Reasons & Fixes

Fortnite AMD Crash – 7 Reasons & Fixes

Although Fortnite performs very well on a computer running an AMD video card, many users complain the game sometimes experiences a crash on these GPUs. 

If Fortnite on an AMD GPU crashes, you might have set the graphics settings on the game too high or have enabled the Ray Tracing feature. To fix this, open Fortnite settings, turn off “Ray Tracing,” and lower the resolution and graphics quality to match your computer display.

In this article, we’ll explain why Fortnite running on AMD GPU crashes and how you can resolve this issue quickly.

Why did Fortnite crash on the AMD driver card?

Why did Fortnite crash on the AMD driver card

If Fortnite on an AMD crashes, this can happen due to any of the following reasons: 

  • Using high graphics resolution settings in the game.
  • Overclocked AMD GPU.
  • Issues with the AMD graphic card version.
  • Corrupt Fortnite game files.
  • Hardware ray tracing enabled on Fortnite.
  • Fortnite is incompatible with the computer using an AMD graphics card.
  • “High-Resolution Textures” and “DirectX 12 Shaders” options are enabled in the game.

How do I stop Fortnite from crashing on AMD GPU?

stop Fortnite from crashing on AMD GPU

To stop Fortnite from crashing on a computer with an AMD graphic card, the following 7 step-by-step methods can be a real help to you: 

Check the System Requirements for Fortnite

Fortnite has some requirements in place to run smoothly on a computer. The game will crash on the AMD graphics card if yours does not meet these requirements.

These requirements are:

  • ADM Card: Radeon Vega 8.
  • Memory: 8GB.
  • Processor: Core i3-3225 3.3 GHz.
  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit or 11.

Therefore, check your PC and GPU specifications to ensure they meet the recommended specifications for running Fortnite.

Verify Fortnite Game Files

Sometimes, the Fortnite game files on your computer get corrupted or damaged, which causes it to crash on the AMD video card.

To fix this, verify the integrity of these files on your PC in the following way:

  • Open “Epic Game Launcher.”
  • Go to “Library.”
  • Find “Fortnite.”
  • Click the three dots.
  • Click “Manage.”
  • Choose “Verify.”
  • Wait for the validation process to complete and let Epic Games repair or replace any damaged game files. 

After that, launch Fortnite on your computer and verify the fix. 

Disable Replays on Fortnite

Some players suggest that turning off the “Replays” on Fortnite also helped them prevent it from crashing on an AMD graphics card. Here’s how:

  • Open the “Fortnite” game.
  • Go to the menu bar.
  • Choose “Settings.”
  • Click the gear icon.
  • Go to “Replays.”
  • Set “Record Replays” to “OFF.”
  • Set “Record Large Team Replays” and “Record Creative Mode Replays” to “OFF,” too.
turning off record replays on frotnite

Disabling these settings give you more frame per second, which should stop Fortnite crashing itself on AMD GPU.

IMPORTANT: Many Fortnite users recommend that changing the character (skin) using another platform (gaming console) also helped them fix this issue.

Disable Ray Tracing 

The Ray Tracing feature on Fortnite lets you enjoy improved game visuals. However, it often conflicts with the AMD graphics card installed on your PC and causes the game to crash.

The best workaround here is to turn off the ray tracing feature on Fortnite this way:

  • Launch “Fortnite.”
  • Click the three lines (menu bar).
  • Click “Settings.”
  • Go to “Ray Tracing.”
  • Select “OFF.”

Then, choose “Confirm” on the next warning screen to restart the game and check if it still crashes. 

Disable High-Resolution Textures and DirectX 12 Shaders

If you’ve enabled the “High-Resolution Textures” and “DirectX 12 Shaders” features on Fortnite, they require more resources from your AMD GPU, which often causes it to crash 

But don’t worry! You can prevent this from happening again by disabling them with these instructions:

  • Open “Epic Games Launcher.”
  • Click “Library.”
  • Search for “Fortnite.”
  • Click the three dots.
  • Select “Options.”
  • Uncheck “High-Resolution Textures.” 
  • Uncheck “DirectX 12 Shaders.”
turning off DirectX 12 shaders on fortnite
  • Click “Apply.”

If the above solution doesn’t work, force Fortnite to run in performance mode right from the launch in the following way:

  • Open “Epic Games Launcher.”
  • Click “Library.”
  • Choose “Fortnite.”
  • Click the three dots.
  • Click “Manage.”
  • Toggle on “Launch Options.”
  • Type in the following parameter: “-FeatureLevelES31” 

Now launch Fortnite, and hopefully, it won’t crash on your AMD GPU.  

NOTE: If you’ve overclocked your AMD GPU, it also causes Fortnite to experience frequent crashes on your PC. Therefore, lower the AMD overclocking speed or disable it altogether and check if that resolves your problem.

Lower Fortnite Graphics Settings

You may have configured very high graphics settings on Fortnite, putting too much strain on the AMD video card and resulting in frequent crashes. 

To fix this, change the graphics settings on Fortnite with the steps given below: 

  • Open “Fortnite.”
  • Click the menu icon.
  • Choose “Settings.”
  • Click “Video Settings.”
  • Change “Resolution” under “Display” to the one set on your computer.
  • Now, adjust the following settings under Graphics Quality:

 Auto-Set Quality: Low or Medium.

 View Distance: Medium or Far.

 Shadows: Off

 Anti-Aliasing: Off

 Textures: Low

 Effects: Low

 Show FPS: On

Next, restart your PC! But if the problem persists, change the rendering mode on Fortnite from DX12 to Performance or DX11. Here’s how: 

  • Go to Fortnite “Settings.”
  • Choose “Video Settings.”
  • Select “Rendering Mode.”

Select the “DX11” or “Performance – Lower Graphical Fidelity,” close the menu, and that should stop Fortnite from crashing on AMD GPU

Roll Back AMD Graphic Card

Since many Fortnite users report performance issues and crashes on the newest versions (22.5.1 and 22.6.1) of the AMD drivers, Epic Games recommends downgrading it to the 22.2.2 Edition.

To do this, you need to first uninstall the AMD driver on your computer in the following way:

  • Press “Win+X.” (keyboard)
  • Click “Device Manager.”
  • Click “Display Adapters.”
  • Right-click the AMD graphic card.
  • Click “Uninstall Device.”
  • Select “Uninstall.”


Now, go to the AMD Drivers page using a browser and download the Adrenalin 22.2.2 Edition installation file. Then, click the file in your Downloads folder,  install the driver, and restart your PC to apply the changes. 

Next, open “Fortnite” to enter the Battle Royale, and the issue should be resolved now.

NOTE: When you install the 22.2.2 AMD version on your computer, make sure to select the “Standard” option instead of “Gamer.”

If none of the above solutions works, try uninstalling Fortnite on your computer and install it again. Make sure to run the game as administrator when first launching it.

Conclusion

In this article, we’ve explored, while playing Fortnite on a computer with AMD GPU, why the game crashes and how to stop this from happening. 

Hopefully, armed with this knowledge, you can now enjoy Fortnite on your AMD-powered system without facing further interruptions.

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/