Oh how quickly things can change. Whereas PC gaming enthusiasts were hailing the GeForce GTX 970 as the second coming of Christ for graphics cards just a few months ago, now everyone is spitting venom at NVIDIA for releasing the hardware. This is due to the fact that the card supposedly runs slower than the company advertised and is so bad that NVIDIA is now being sued for false advertisement.
Gaming enthusiasts have been griping for months that Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 970 graphics chip doesn’t operate up to snuff, and now someone has taken the company to court over it. Nvidia was hit with a class action lawsuit Thursday that claims it misled customers about the capabilities of the GTX 970, which was released in September. Nvidia markets the chip as having 4GB of performance-boosting video RAM, but some users have complained the chip falters after using 3.5GB of that allocation. The lawsuit says the remaining half gigabyte runs 80 percent slower than it’s supposed to. That can cause images to stutter on a high resolution screen and some games to perform poorly, the suit says. It was filed in the U.S. District Court for Northern California and names as defendants Nvidia and Giga-Byte Technology, which sells the GTX 970 in graphics cards.