Apple Blames Nvidia for GPU Failures

by Rafael Hernandez on October 11, 2008 · 0 comments

The recent spat of failures centering around some of the mobile GPUs Apple has relied on in several of their MacBook Pro notebook models is entirely Nvidia’s fault, or so says their knowledge base support article TS2377. Here’s the gist of their findings:

In July 2008, NVIDIA publicly acknowledged a higher than normal failure rate for some of their graphics processors due to a packaging defect. At that same time, NVIDIA assured Apple that Mac computers with these graphics processors were not affected. However, after an Apple-led investigation, Apple has determined that some MacBook Pro computers with the NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics processor may be affected. If the NVIDIA graphics processor in your MacBook Pro has failed, or fails within two years of the original date of purchase, a repair will be done free of charge, even if your MacBook Pro is out of warranty.

It’s a terrible set of circumstances for all parties involved, just hope that your repair turnaround time is quick and painless.

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