In January of this year, it was revealed that NVIDIA had incorrectly stated the number of ROPs (Raster Operation Pipeline, or unit that performs the latest graphics pipeline operations), memory bandwidth, capacity L2 cache and the amount of memory speed on its Geforce GTX 970 GPU.
- Instead of presenting 64 ROPs, had only 56.
- Bandwidth of real memory is 196 Gb / s, in contrast to 224GB / s advertised.
- The L2 cache size is 1792KB, not 2048KB.
- The amount of VRAM memory should have been indicated as 3.5GB + 0.5GB. The latter 512MB can only be accessed with maximum data transmission, due to the limitations of the GM204 architecture, present in the GTX 970.
The defendants were involved is a strategy to mislead consumers about the characteristics, qualities and benefits of GPU in question, stating that the GTX 970 GB of VRAM presented, 64 ROPs and 2048 KB of L2 cache, when in fact it is not the case.
Nvidia admitted that the specifications of the GTX 970 were incorrect and confirmed that all performance limitations could not be corrected by updating drivers or firmware. Still, the developer of GPUs not promised compensation for owners of these graphics cards.
Nvidia seems to want to distance themselves from the scandal, according to media reports. On the other hand, numerous shops and manufacturers accept the return of the GTX 970, or agreed to repay the money in part, or credit for the corresponding store. Still, between 1% and 5% of buyers have returned the Graphics cards till now, implying that are more than satisfied beyond those limitations or misleading propaganda.
Since demand is now collective, other consumers can join the cause, who believe that NVIDIA has deceived the specifications of the GeForce GTX 970