New drivers may solve the GTX 970 memory issue
Sometimes there is hope even in the direst situations and now this saying has become true for owners of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 graphics card, which as you know, was shipped with an unannounced memory problem. It turns out that the memory problem, which leads to performance degradation, may be solved simply with new drivers.
The news was shared by an employee of NVIDIA and while still unofficial it may have a serious degree of reliability. The thing is that the upcoming versions of NVIDIA’s graphics drivers will come with certain specific optimizations for the GTX 970 that should bring performance to a higher level. The new drivers will not remove the memory issue as this is a hardware “feature” but will alleviate the situation some. If you are not satisfied you can return your GTX 970 video card to NVIDIA and get your money back if you wish.
In the past few days NVIDIA has found itself in hot water as its GeForce GTX 970 was found to have an issue with the memory installed in the graphics card. It turns out that due to specific hardware solutions the GTX 970 splits its 4 GB of memory into two chunks – a faster 3.5 GB portion and a slower 512 MB block. While this is bad news things were aggravated by the fact that NVIDIA shipped the card without announcing this feature and with incorrect specs, thus misleading the people who ended up buying the card.