Nvidia Rumoured to Recall GeForce 600-Series Graphics Cards [UPDATED]

Nvidia GeForce GTX 600-Series Rumoured to Suffer from Eventual Performance Degradation

by Anton Shilov
05/21/2012 | 11:20 AM

UPDATE: Nvidia Denies Plans to Recall GeForce GTX 600 Due to Performance Degradation.


Nvidia Corp. reportedly plans to recall all the consumer desktop graphics cards based on the code-named Kepler architecture, including GeForce GTX models 670, 680 and 690. Apparently, Nvidia GK104 graphics processors suffer from performance degradation after usage under heavy load for long periods of time.

Pnosker.com reports that "chips may be suffering from serious performance degradation over long periods of heavy load". The exact effects of performance degradation are not indicated: it is unclear whether certain stream processors within GPUs stop working, or the chips drop clock-speed. As a result, the company is now rumored to initiate recall process for the GK104-based products. The information is not confirmed by Nvidia or makers of graphics cards.

The creditability of the information is unclear. In fact, it can be doubted as before making it to the market, all the new GPUs are not only vigorously tested in various applications, but also pass Microsoft HCL tests, which not just stress graphics chips, but take hours to complete. Therefore, chances that chips may degrade in performance over time are pretty slight.

Nvidia did not comment on the news-story.