I’ve recently been working with UE5’s early access for a college-level class designed around environment creation, and I’ve began running into serious issues when working with the program revolving around what I can only describe as major memory leakage.
Over the past few weeks, during medium-length sessions revolving around either high-intensity real-time rendering or during long-length sessions of hours of work in a less intense environment, Unreal Engine 5 has began infrequently blue-screening on me during work causing for large amounts of frustration.
Before, I go any further, just so the questions aren’t raised about the obvious culprits, here’s what I’ve already done and or can confirm:
My hardware rig should be more than enough by all metrics. I’m running a setup comprised of an i9, a NVIDIA RTX 2080 SUPER, and 32 gigabytes of RAM. It’s only a year and a half old, it’s very clean, I’ve looked at the card itself, no signs of waste and the thermal paste looks just fine.
My installation of Windows 10 is crystal clear. I’ve run all the checks, the OS is operating as usual. All the calls to files that the BSOD’s have mentioned have been relating to what seems to be “memory related issues” even once going so far as to refer to the win32k.sys (which to my understanding handles the video drivers but also stores chache?), and otherwise just being SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTIONS and the one off MEMORY_MANAGEMENT catch.
It’s not the drivers, any graphic drivers have been freshly reinstalled and are updated regularly. The drivers have also had no problems doing an upwards of 5 hours of heavy rendering on Blender Cycles and I’m also hitting way higher than minimum system requirements, so I’m confused what could be happening there.
TLDR; It’s not hardware, it’s certainly not my RAM, and it’s apparently not software.
At this point I’m starting to wonder if there’s something else going on, perhaps behind the hood of UE5 itself. Is it possible that I could have stumbled into a known bug, perhaps some sort of memory leak or cache that isn’t clearing itself? Any suggestions are welcome!