NVIDIA may owe consumers $30 after proposed settlement regarding a lawsuit against the GTX 970.
It would seem like the current lawsuits against NVIDIA’s GTX 970 GPU is about to reach the endzone with a proposed settlement between the company and purchasers of the GTX 970 in the USA. The case started months after the product’s official launch wherein consumers found out that the stated 4 GB of VRAM on the products main specification is in actuality just 3.5 GB after numerous performance issues were encountered when running games that are set to consume 4GB of VRAM in addition to other claims that were largely different from what was originally specified.
In their initial statement, NVIDIA specifies that this was due to the configured partitions GTX 970’s VRAM system, which may be the potential cause of why GPU assessment tools only report the larger 3.5 GB VRAM partition of the GTX 970, and has also added their own sample tests using popular games back then to measure the performance difference between the GTX 970 and the GTX 980.
Excerpt from NVIDIA’s statement to PCper.com when asked about the GTX 970 VRAM issue.
The GeForce GTX 970 is equipped with 4GB of dedicated graphics memory. However the 970 has a different configuration of SMs than the 980, and fewer crossbar resources to the memory system. To optimally manage memory traffic in this configuration, we segment graphics memory into a 3.5GB section and a 0.5GB section. The GPU has higher priority access to the 3.5GB section. When a game needs less than 3.5GB of video memory per draw command then it will only access the first partition, and 3rd party applications that measure memory usage will report 3.5GB of memory in use on GTX 970, but may report more for GTX 980 if there is more memory used by other commands. When a game requires more than 3.5GB of memory then we use both segments.
However, this did not stop the multiple lawsuits, which was then consolidated into one, from appearing against NVIDIA, labeling the claim as misleading and the product not operating as it is intended. With the case now running for more than a year, NVIDIA has now said to agree to the proposed settlement of a $30 reimbursement to GTX 970 purchasers in the USA, although the court handling the case will still have to approve the proposed settlement this coming August 24 hearing, with the reimbursements, if approved, to roll out to valid claimants starting this December 21.