Faulty mobile chips do not affect desktop parts
This is a serious charge to level at any company, and we contacted NVIDIA for additional information. The company’s response first affirms its intent to stand behind its customers and repair any and all notebooks that experience field failures. It then states:
– The issue is limited to a few notebook chips only; we have not seen and don’t expect to see this issue on any NVIDIA-based desktop systems.
– Only a very small percentage of the notebook chips that have shipped are potentially affected, and the problem depends on a combination of environmental conditions, configuration, and usage model.
– We continue to work closely with our partners and have taken the necessary steps to ensure that all NVIDIA chips currently in production do not exhibit the problem.
As a result, it is very unlikely that your NVIDA based notebook product is affected.
If the various claims The Inquirer has leveled at NVIDIA are true, the company hasn’t just dodged blame or trashed its suppliers, but may well have committed financial fraud. Lying to the SEC and filing an expectation of a $200 million charge when the company knows the actual expense will be much higher is not something the Security and Exchange Commission will look kindly on. Frankly, it’s not worth the risk.