Filed with the U.S. District Court for Northern California, the suit names both Nvidia and Gigabyte as defendants. In PC World's words, the suit alleges that Nvidia "misled customers about the capabilities of the GTX 970." Although the card is advertised as having 4GB of RAM, the last 0.5GB "runs 80 percent slower than it's supposed to," which "can cause images to stutter on a high resolution screen."
The allegation about the memory bandwidth drop is correct, as far as I can tell, but Nvidia's numbers suggest the slower half-gig degrades performance only by about 1-3%. Nonetheless, the initial lack of transparency about the GTX 970's memory configuration has angered users, since the card was deliberately designed to run only 3.5GB of its memory at full speed.
PC World says the plaintiff in the suit "seeks a jury trial and whatever damages apply." If the judge gives the suit class-action status, and the plaintiff wins, other GTX 970 owners could be eligible for compensation.
|Updated LG Gram laptops put heavy-duty power into feathery bodies||4|
|Antec P110 Silent touts quiet looks and quiet operation||1|
|Monkey Day Shortbread||7|
|Thursday deals: a nice Z370 mobo, a huge VA display, and more||0|
|Samsung's Notebook 9 portables rock eighth-gen Core i7s||3|
|Rumor: Ryzen 2 set for Q1 2018 and a Fenghuang APU breaks cover||43|
|TR's 2017 Christmas giveaway: eight days left and counting||8|
|MSI gives Radeon RX Vega cards an Air Boost||22|
|Corsair's latest SO-DIMM kit takes 32 GB of DDR4 to 4000 MT/s||8|