A few days ago, users of the Epic Games Launcher made via Reddit be aware that this leads to a massive increase in CPU usage, even if the launcher is actually only active in the background. This sometimes leads to permanent temperature increases in the double-digit range – but apparently only on Ryzen processors from AMD.
For example with Reddit user ZeroZelath:
“Look at my values [Ryzen 9] 5900x – 64 degrees, while I’m only on Youtube … Epic Games Launcher closed, it’s already falling by 20 degrees. Lol.
I know that. I checked before because my temperatures normally don’t stay that high while idling or while I’m just browsing the net, so I think it’s more likely that it is a bug in the launcher causing this. Either way, I use it [den Launcher] hardly, that’s why I took it out of the auto start for the time being … ”
By the way, you can still get Solitairica for free in the Epic Store until this afternoon at 5 p.m.
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Problem confirmed, identified and in progress
The colleagues from Hot Hardware have dealt intensively with the bug and were able to confirm the temperature increase and the high CPU load. It is said that this is not normal behavior for a game launcher, GOG and Steam, for example, do not put such a strain on the system.
At the same time they want to have found out that the EpicWebHelper sends more than 14 times as much data to external servers as, for example, Steam or Nvidia’s Geforce Experience.
Epic confirms problems: In the meantime, Epic has at least taken on the problem of utilization (via Videocardz). In a tweet, Epic Games Director of Publishing Strategy Sergiy Galyonkin announced an early solution in the form of an update.
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According to Galyonkin, the problem has been identified and the fix is currently being tested. The patch should be installed with an upcoming update of the launcher.
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