Amid all the controversy that has been surrounding NVidia, the aftermath seems much less severe than was to be expected. So how bad is it actually? President of Jon Peddie Research, Jon Peddie, has stated not that bad. He had this to say: “I have had heard as many as 5 per cent of the buyers are demanding a refund from the AIB suppliers.” By comparison, retailers are only reporting 1-2%, including two of the biggest in the UK offering full refunds through till the end of the month.
If you missed out on the controversy, although the GTX 970 does have a full 4GB of VRAM, the last 512MB is accessed differently and therefore runs at a slower rate. This causes slowdowns and stuttering in games when the extra 512MB is accessed. This design additionally affects the ROPs (Raster Operating Pipelines), reducing them from 64 to 56, and the L2 cache falls from 2048KB to 1792KB.