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Discord Throttles NVIDIA GPU Clocking: Here's the Fix

Updated: Feb 10, 2023

Users of Discord with Nvidia graphics cards can notice an unnoticeable decrease in performance. Nvidia has discovered a flaw in Discord that prohibits even the most advanced graphics cards' memory from operating at peak efficiency. The most recent Discord update decreases performance when the application is running in the background by throttling the memory clock on Nvidia graphics cards. All of Nvidia's graphics cards are probably affected, even if the company hasn't indicated which models are. It's not yet apparent what caused the error or how it relates to AV1 encoding functionality for streaming video. Nvidia, though, intends to address the problem with an over-the-air update. Nvidia has given a manual fix for the issue in the interim.  Those who don't want to wait for the official fix can follow the step-by-step guide to fix this bug: 

1. Click here(opens in a new tab) to download the NVIDIA program GeForce 3D Profile Manager.

2. Open the GeForce 3D Profile Manager.

3. Click on the button Export SLI Profiles.

Image Credits - NVIDIA

4. A file explorer window will pop up. Select a location to export and save the NVIDIA Profiles text file.

5. Open the text file saved in step 4 using Notepad (or any program that does not automatically apply to the format).

6. Perform a search for the section "Discord." Add a new line and type the following text as shown in the screenshot below:

Setting ID_0x50166c5e = 0x00000000

Image Credits - NVIDIA

7. Save the edited NVIDIA Profiles as a txt file.

8. Go back to the GeForce 3D Profile Manager and click on the Import SLI Profiles button.

9. A file explorer window will appear. Select the updated "NVIDIA Profiles.txt" file and then click on the Open button.

10. Once completed, you may close the GeForce 3D Profile Manager application.

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