Hello everyone and thanks for opening my post!
After New Year's day, I've been having weird crashes to desktop in Destiny 2 and Halo Infinite. Both would crash after some time, even though Halo Infinite crashes the fastest (not even 1 minute lol). I had many hours in these two games in the last 2 months, everything was perfect.
At first I thought those games were the problem because there's plenty of posts on the internet about them crashing. I though that maybe some update could have gone wrong. Devs, though, especially Bungie, don't recognize this as an issue of theirs.
For Halo and Destiny I tried EVERYTHING, reinstalling, disabling overlays, full screen opt, capping framerate, clean driver (3 different versions, actually) install with DDU and a lot more, while every other game works perfectly, like God Of War, Forza Horizon 5, GTA V, Doom Eternal, Ori and many indie games (and let's be honest, some of them are WAY more demanding than Destiny 2 and Halo).
Now, the weird part.
After so many hours of research and troubleshooting, I found a few people the same issues, because just like them I often (ye, not always) see this in the event viewer: "Nvlddmkm stopped responding but recovered". Some were complaining about Halo, some about Destiny (look for the Broccoli error), so I decided to contact two of them.
They have a very similar rig and having these issues only since New Year. One of them has i9 9900k, 2080 Ti and Maximus XI Hero. I have the exact same build, he has Win 11, while I'm running Win 10, but still, same build. I immediately found this curious.
Now, for Bungie it's absolutely fine to believe our graphics cards decided to break at the same time of the year and totally work fine in any other game, but there's no doubt something changed. I never checked this forum until now, and I saw a few people with Asus ROG motherboards, NVIDIA GPUs and high end Intel CPU's complaining about something very similar.
The only troubleshooting step I decided to skip is the BIOS Update, because I have one from 2019, which never gave me trouble so I was afraid of updating. Plus, I can't figure out how a BIOS update can help in games, because I used to believe that a BIOS can be stable or unstable, while crashes only in specific (in this case only 2) games were just a matter of software leaks. Now, I'm really having a lot of doubts.
Not running any OC on the GPU. i9 is at 4.9 GHz, so nothing special.
Is any of you aware of any recent Windows Update, or Nvidia Driver or who-knows-what that could cause display issues just in very specific games? Something that's causing any conflict with my hardware or with my BIOS? Maybe security enhancements or something similar? Not gonna lie, I'm a lil afraid of updating my BIOS, do you think it could help?
I just want to be sure there's no "well-known" issue I'm unaware of, while instead I'm looking in the wrong direction.
Thanks for reading, any help will be appreciated!