NVIDIA Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over GTX 970 Memory Issue
It seems things are not quite their best right now, as NVIDIA has been hit with a class action lawsuit concerning the GeForce GTX 970 and its memory. Specifically the lawsuit alleges NVIDIA misled its customers over the performance of the GTX 970 and the extent of the video memory. The video card shows to have 4GB of GDDR5 RAM, yet only 3.5GB is usable with the stated performance. That final 0.5GB lacks an L2 cache, which can cause a slight performance drop when all 4GB is used. The lawsuit says that final 0.5GB runs 80% slower than the rest of the VRAM and negatively affects frame rate and gameplay. NVIDIA did recently announce the exact specifications of the GTX 970, but says the performance drop of the 0.5GB is neglible. The company also said a PR mishap was to blame for the inaccurate specs when the card launched late last year.
Both NVIDIA and Gigabyte are named as defendants in the class-action, which was filed with the U.S. District Court of Northern California. The lawsuit, filed for anyone who purchased a GTX 970, wants a jury trial and payment of whatever damages are necessary under California law. Details on who can claim and when should be forthcoming, if the lawsuit goes through.