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The First Descendant
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How to Fix The First Descendant Out of Memory Error on PC

Intel really needs to address this soon!

The First Descendant is one of the biggest free-to-play titles in 2024, and it’s off to a massive start on Steam. The PC version is decent for the most part and has plenty of settings to tweak, but a few technical issues are holding it back. If you’re constantly running into The First Descendant Out of Memory error, here are a few things you can try to fix that.

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Fixing The First Descendant Out of Memory Error

The “Out of Memory” error most commonly occurs on a few Intel CPUs, specifically in the 13th and 14th generation lineup. This is due to an ongoing overclocking issue on Intel’s end that causes stability issues in multiple Unreal Engine 5 titles, especially in 13900K and 14900K processors. Essentially, the core issue is that these CPUs can often go beyond the recommended TDP, which can cause instability. This is no different in The First Descendant, and we have the following suggestions to address this.

Update Your BIOS

First off, multiple motherboard manufacturers have released BIOS updates that could potentially fix this CPU issue. We recommend updating your BIOS to the latest version to see if that makes a change.

Use Intel’s Extreme Tuning Utility

If you don’t want to mess around with the BIOS settings, you can download Intel’s Extreme Tuning Utility. After it’s installed, set the Performance Core Ratio from 57x to 54x and hit apply in Basic Tuning. Make sure the utility is running in the background, and it should fix the issue.

You can also lower the PL1/PL2 limits in the advanced settings of your BIOS to match the recommended TDP range for your motherboard. You can check out the levels on something like TechPowerUp, or the main Intel directory for the processors. This approach requires a bit more tinkering, which is why we recommend using Intel’s Extreme Tuning Utility instead, especially if you aren’t familiar with CPU undervolting.

This is more of an Intel issue rather than the game, which is why, for now, there isn’t much that the developers can do. For more information, keep an eye on BIOS updates on your motherboard manufacturer’s website.

If you’re just starting out, here is how you can get the crowd-favorite Bunny descendant, and fix the DirectX 12 error. For more on The First Descendant, make sure to check out our dedicated section.

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Ali Hashmi
Ali has been writing about video games for the past six years and is always on the lookout for the next indie game to obsess over and recommend to everyone in sight. When he isn't spending an unhealthy amount of time in Slay the Spire, he's probably trying out yet another retro-shooter or playing Dark Souls for the 50th time.