GPU maker still paying the price for defective chips
Several years ago, there was a big brouhaha over Nvidia's notebook GPUs failing at an "abnormal rate" due to a manufacturing defect. Nvidia would go on to settle a class-action lawsuit in the U.S. for $2 million, and it looks as though it will spend a similar amount to settle another suit brought on behalf of Canadians who also purchased systems equipped with a faulty GPU.
It's not clear if the current class-action suit is related to those same GPUs, though according to Yahoo News , Nvidia has agreed to pay CAD $1.9 million (around USD $1.8 million) to settle for the benefit of those who purchased an "Affected Computer" experience a "Qualifying Symptom."
There are five symptoms that qualify:
Those who qualify will receive a cash payment based on a number of factors, including the severity of the symptom(s), loss of use of the affected PC, age of the PC, out-of-pocket repairs, and other relevant factors.
A court still has to approve the settlement. There's a hearing scheduled for mid-September.