NVIDIA shelves out money to settle GeForce GTX 970 3.5GB memory class action case

Posted on Monday, Aug 01 2016 @ 23:35 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Late last week NVIDIA announced it settled a class action lawsuit about false advertisement of its GeForce GTX 970 video card. As you may remember, the official specifications of this video card list 4GB GDDR5 memory, but due to technical limitations just 3.5GB of the 4GB is operable at full bandwidth. Later it was also discovered that the card had just 56 ROPS (instead of 64) and that the amount of L2 cache is 1792KB instead of the advertised 2048KB.

The issue caused a lot of controversy and now the legal threat has beared fruition as NVIDIA reached an agreement with lawyers. Under the deal, NVIDIA will pay each buyer of the GeForce GTX 970 $30 and it will also pay an additional $1.3 million in attorneys' fees.
Nvidia says it will pay each buyer of the graphics card $30 and will pay an additional $1.3 million in attorneys’ fees, according to settlement documents.

The overall settlement amount was not publicly disclosed within court papers, however Nvidia agreed to pay all consumers who purchased the GTX 970 graphics card and indicated there would not be a cap on the total amount it would pay consumers.
Details on how to apply for the $30 are not available yet but I assume this settlement is exclusively for US consumers. Further details at Top Class Actions.

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