Discord is the current chat app for many PC gamers and many other hobbyists online. For the uninitiated, Discord allows people to form individual servers with forum-like categories for text-based chat and includes voice chat functionality for group calling during games.
People make Discord servers for all sorts of things, whether or not they really should. Ideally, the app runs in the background, not taking up too many resources so your games can take hardware priority. Although, this is not always the case.
To celebrate the app’s seventh anniversary, Discord has released a new Party Mode functionality. This is just a bit of fun that adds visual and audio elements to the usual experience. Confetti and a combo counter appear as you type, along with a flickering screen and even a cheering crowd. It’s a silly, cute little celebration, but boy, can it eat your CPU.
Thankfully, Party Mode is off by default, but some users who have enabled it to join in the celebrations are finding the party a little cumbersome. It tends to vary from person to person, but some have reported having their CPU spike 30% just when activating the new mode. This is really the opposite of what you want this chat app to do.
Personally, enabling Discord’s Party Mode didn’t cause any initial changes to my CPU. However, when typing while graphics appear, it can jump around 20% or more and stay there as I type. My GPU also sees a quick burst when typing starts, but then calms down immediately. Looks like he at least knows how to get out of a party early.
Turning Party Mode off again is as easy as turning it on, and you can also play around with individual settings if you want to keep some aspects of the party. Ultimately this is just a bit of fun so it’s not a big deal, but if you’re experiencing some unexpected spikes from your CPU or GPU then this might explain it.
If you want to enhance your Discord server with a few other bells and whistles that we hope won’t mess up your hardware, check out some of our favorite themes and plugins. But be aware, some of your favorites may not end up being forever.