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basblob
Adept I

WITCHER 3 CRASHES DRIVER OR CTDS ANYWHERE FROM A MINUTE TO AN HOUR OF GAME PLAY

UPDATE: I had a little more success with removing AA but unfortunately I ended up refunding the card and now run a 2070 Super without issue.

Setup:
Rx 5700 xt Gigabyte gaming OC
Ryzen 5 3600
g.skill tridentz 3200MHz 2x8gb ram
b450 tomahawk (motherboard)
cx750 corsair PSU
Running driver version 20.1.3
Running Windows 10 64bit

I do NOT have this issue in any other game that I've seen. Although, since I built the rig I've only played BL3, witcher 1 & 2, and Doom 2016. I haven't tried witcher 3 with my old 970 yet.

I've been trying to play the witcher 3 on my new rig but have been unable to get the game to play longer than an hour, and usually any longer than 5 minutes. Sometimes it crashes almost immediately upon the game loading in.

I've attempted underclocking, reinstalling drivers (DDU in safe mode and reinstalling), w/ and w/o mods, reinstalling game, verifying game cache, etc.
Some things I've noticed are the gpu used to run at 99-98% usage the moment I was in the game, but after I disabled the gpu in device manager -> restart -> re-enable gpu => restart, it now runs at 60 - 80 %. For Awhile this seemed to have fixed the issue, but now its back, and the gpu usage is starting to hover closer to 80 - 85%. Still not 99 though.

I'm attaching one of the many crash logs.

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mstfbsrn980
Grandmaster

Re: WITCHER 3 CRASHES DRIVER OR CTDS ANYWHERE FROM A MINUTE TO AN HOUR OF GAME PLAY

This is a game error. nVidia GPUs also give the same error. As fast travels increase, the game crashes on a loading screen. I had the same problem and it has nothing to do with GPU.

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basblob
Adept I

Re: WITCHER 3 CRASHES DRIVER OR CTDS ANYWHERE FROM A MINUTE TO AN HOUR OF GAME PLAY

I don't think this is right. I was experiencing these issues way before I'd done any fast travelling, literally the moment I started the game in White Orchard. Also I recently fixed the issue by increasing my GPU power limit by 20%. It may not have been an issue solely with my GPU, but the game definitely wasn't playing nice with it. 

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pokester
MVP

Re: SOLVED: WITCHER 3 CRASHES DRIVER OR CTDS ANYWHERE FROM A MINUTE TO AN HOUR OF GAME PLAY

I played through the Witcher 3 on old drivers on my RX 580 however I had to raise my Power Limit to the max of +50 and use a custom fan curve. So with AMD we both had to adjust power for it to work. 

I played through it again on my RTX 2060 late last year and it played fine. I also am right now almost halfway through the game again playing at 4K on my RTX 2070 Super, with the most recent driver and started with the last months release. I am not experiencing any issues.

Good Luck!

basblob
Adept I

Re: SOLVED: WITCHER 3 CRASHES DRIVER OR CTDS ANYWHERE FROM A MINUTE TO AN HOUR OF GAME PLAY

I've started experiencing issues again. Changing to a 2070 isn't really an option for me unfortunately. Would you be able to share how I'd go about setting a custom fan curve?

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mstfbsrn980
Grandmaster

Re: WITCHER 3 CRASHES DRIVER OR CTDS ANYWHERE FROM A MINUTE TO AN HOUR OF GAME PLAY

I know. Not. Because I spent hours playing with both nVidia and AMD. This problem is unfortunately about the game that is a GOG related hook etc ... there is a problem with the game and the game stops by creating a crash file. Also crash file did not give DX device hung error for you.

pokester
MVP

Re: WITCHER 3 CRASHES DRIVER OR CTDS ANYWHERE FROM A MINUTE TO AN HOUR OF GAME PLAY

I don't have your card I have an RX 580 and don't use the 2020 drivers as I have nothing but issues with them. So honestly no. It really is just about changing the curve to ramp the fans up faster and sooner than the default profile to stay ahead of thermal throttling. I can't even say that is an issue or not on your card, I never used one. 

 

AMD does have a page explaining how to make those changes with the new driver and a lot more here:

https://www.amd.com/en/support/kb/faq/dh2-020 

Hope it helps!

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basblob
Adept I

Re: WITCHER 3 CRASHES DRIVER OR CTDS ANYWHERE FROM A MINUTE TO AN HOUR OF GAME PLAY

Oh my bad must've misread your comment. Thanks for the link though I'll see what I can do.

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pokester
MVP

Re: WITCHER 3 CRASHES DRIVER OR CTDS ANYWHERE FROM A MINUTE TO AN HOUR OF GAME PLAY

no worries! I just wanted you to know I had no issues playing that game and still don't. I do have the Steam version. I saw the other poster mentioned GOG. So maybe something going on there. Regardless lots of variables are going on in a PC and any one of them can cause issues for one, while another has none.

mstfbsrn980
Grandmaster

Re: WITCHER 3 CRASHES DRIVER OR CTDS ANYWHERE FROM A MINUTE TO AN HOUR OF GAME PLAY

Commandline: "D:\Games\GOG\The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt GOTY\bin\x64\witcher3.exe"  
Crash reason: EXCEPTION_ACCESS_VIOLATION (3221225477), Error reading location 0x00000000