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Class Action Lawsuit Filed against NVIDIA over GTX 970 Memory Issue

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Jen-Hsun On GeForce GTX 970

Nvidia Blog said:
Hey everyone,

Some of you are disappointed that we didn’t clearly describe the segmented memory of GeForce GTX 970 when we launched it. I can see why, so let me address it.

We invented a new memory architecture in Maxwell. This new capability was created so that reduced-configurations of Maxwell can have a larger framebuffer – i.e., so that GTX 970 is not limited to 3GB, and can have an additional 1GB.

GTX 970 is a 4GB card. However, the upper 512MB of the additional 1GB is segmented and has reduced bandwidth. This is a good design because we were able to add an additional 1GB for GTX 970 and our software engineers can keep less frequently used data in the 512MB segment.

Unfortunately, we failed to communicate this internally to our marketing team, and externally to reviewers at launch.

Since then, Jonah Alben, our senior vice president of hardware engineering, provided a technical description of the design, which was captured well by several editors. Here’s one example from The Tech Report.

Instead of being excited that we invented a way to increase memory of the GTX 970 from 3GB to 4GB, some were disappointed that we didn’t better describe the segmented nature of the architecture for that last 1GB of memory.

This is understandable. But, let me be clear: Our only intention was to create the best GPU for you. We wanted GTX 970 to have 4GB of memory, as games are using more memory than ever.

The 4GB of memory on GTX 970 is used and useful to achieve the performance you are enjoying. And as ever, our engineers will continue to enhance game performance that you can regularly download using GeForce Experience.

This new feature of Maxwell should have been clearly detailed from the beginning.

We won’t let this happen again. We’ll do a better job next time.

Jen-Hsun

You all should be thankful this wasn't a 3GB card because more and more games are using more memory right ?

Hardware and software teams knew but poor marketing were left out of the loop. :(
 
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How do you think those ISIL members feel went they get to heaven and find out it's 71 virgins and 1 midget . You mean I gave my life for this crap , they promise 72 !

More to the point they do not promise that the 72 virgins will be Female

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And a whole lot of people can eat crow...
 
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And they (Nvidia) still got away with less than a slap on their wrist, just like Intel :shadedshu:
It's useful as another precedence case, even though there was technically no legal ruling. At least the wilderness was push back a little among other things.
 
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It's useful as another precedence case, even though there was technically no legal ruling. At least the wilderness was push back a little among other things.
Not sure how an out of court settlements work as a precedent? If anything a court ruling would've likely made others (like Intel, Apple, IBM et al in the past) think more than twice, about conning their customers.
 

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It's useful as another precedence case, even though there was technically no legal ruling.

As far as i understand it
Its a Case Summary Admission... no precedent Set ( no legal ruling to establish precedent made and no statement of case Precedent made because no legal ruling made )
its a Civil case after all
 
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