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The Inquirer was kind enough to present to the world, evidence that the current 15-inch MacBook Pro may still be plagued with faulty graphics chips. NVIDIA reported manufacturing defects back in July that ended up affecting some MacBook Pros. NVIDIA assured us that the problems had been fixed, but according to The Inquirer, not so much.
The Inquirer claims to have found issues with off-the-shelf 15-inch MacBook Pros that are similar to the defects initially posted by NVIDIA.
"So, what does this all mean?" writes Charlie Demerjian. "It suggests that there are 15-inch Macbook Pros being sold with 'bad bumps,' the same materials that brought down so many HP, Dell and Apple parts, both laptop and desktop. For some odd reason, Nvidia really does not want you to know this."
Mike Hara of NVIDIA has denied the association of the faulty chips and the MacBook Pros and had the following comment: "The GeForce 9600 GPU in the MacBook Pro does not have bad bumps. The material set (combination of underfill and bump) that is being used is similar to the material set that has been shipped in hundreds of millions of chipsets by the world's largest semiconductor company."
The faulty graphics chip may be responsible for the "black screen of death" that some MacBook Pro users have unluckily encountered while gaming.