Intel Is Investigating 13th/14th Core “Raptor Lake” Gaming Instability Issue

ZDNET Korea has reported that Intel is currently looking into the gaming instability problem noted in games such as Tekken 8. Although gamers worldwide have reported similar issues, there’s no definitive evidence or official statement from Intel linking the problem directly to Intel CPUs. Nevertheless, Intel’s investigation suggests validation of these claims.

In South Korea, the problem emerged with the launch of Tekken 8. This game experiences a sudden ‘not enough video memory’ error, leading to abrupt game shutdowns. These reports are exclusive to Intel’s 13th and 14th Gen Core CPUs, prompting an investigation. The instability problem has recently gained traction, as highlighted by Harukze5719, an editor at South Korean QuazarZone.

Since late February, numerous users across various platforms have reported these issues. Korean YouTubers have recently showcased videos confirming the existence of the problem. The publication indicates that now, ten individuals daily are returning to stores, seeking replacement CPUs due to these issues.

Game stability issues have already been noted in titles running on Unreal Engine, including The Finals, Battlefield 2042, Remnant 2, Lords of the Fallen, Hogwarts Legacy, Farworld, Horizon, Overwatch 2, and Lies of P.

As reported by Wccftech, the recent review of the Core i9-14900KS Special Edition 6.2 GHz processor, utilizing the Raptor Lake Refresh architecture, has unveiled comparable issues. Analysis revealed that CPUs, particularly those within the Core i9 series, were pushing the limits too aggressively, with tightly set clocks and voltages, potentially resulting in system instability and game crashes.

Intel has not confirmed the issue or issued any public statement thus far. However, it has been found that manually downclocking and undervolting could restore stability to games. Nevertheless, this approach involves “overclocking” and could technically void the warranty.