Is Your Game Glitching? Intel Investigates CPU Stability Issues

A significant number of gamers prefer to build their PC gaming rigs using Intel‘s 13th and 14th-generation Core processors, often considering them as their top choice. The vast community of players implies that even if issues arise infrequently, the impact could potentially affect a considerable number, thereby making any problems more conspicuous.

According to Wccftech, Intel has initiated investigations into the gaming stability issues reported with their 13th and 14th generation Core processors, with complaints emerging from players worldwide, recently becoming a hot topic among gamers in South Korea. Although conclusive evidence linking these issues directly to Intel’s processors is yet to be found, the company’s decision to launch an investigation somewhat validates the gamers’ concerns.

This issue began to surface in late February, with players across various platforms submitting reports, some of whom approached dealers for processor replacements. Games utilizing the Unreal Engine have been observed to experience stability problems, including titles like “Battlefield 2042,” “Hogwarts Legacy,” “Tekken 8,” “Pinocchio’s Lies,” and “Overwatch 2.” If one were to follow gaming forums or discussions on Steam, it would be noted that players have reported such issues as early as 2022.

Some players encounter a “memory insufficient” error during gameplay, which might seem related to the graphics card but, in reality, is not, affecting even those using integrated graphics. This issue appears more frequently on high-end processors such as the Intel Core i9-13900K/14900K. To avoid such problems, one might need to limit power usage or reduce voltage and frequency to enhance stability. Speculations suggest that this could be related to the Raptor Lake design, or possibly due to Intel pushing voltage and frequency too high in pursuit of enhanced performance, with cooling becoming a significant issue. These factors, combined, could lead to system instability and game crashes.

Some players have opted to revert to the 12th generation Core processors or switch to AMD products. As of now, Intel has neither confirmed the issue nor issued any public statements.