AMD Radeon HD 6970 Recall

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ConsiderPhlebas, Mar 7, 2014.

  1. ConsiderPhlebas macrumors member

    ConsiderPhlebas

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    SC, US
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    I had the AMD Radeon HD 6970 replaced in my mid 2011 27 inch iMac at the local Apple Store. The display went to gray with narrow vertical black bars. They could not duplicate the problem but replaced the card anyway under their recall program. I had to wait a few extra days as they did not have the 2 Gb version in local stock.

    The screen colors now seem more vibrant. In hardware overview the only difference I see is

    ROM Revision went from 113-C2960K-152 to 113-C2960K-205
    EFI Driver Version 01.00.507 to 01.00.577

    Did have a problem unrelated to the graphics card when I got home. I could not connect to my wireless network. I had to haul it back to the Apple Store. A connector did not get seated properly when the iMac was reassembled.

    Anyone who qualifies under this recall, I would recommend getting the graphics card replaced. As I recall, you are covered for replacement up to three years after purchase date. After that you are on your own. It would have cost me shy of $300 if I had missed the deadline.
     
  2. coolspot18 macrumors 65816

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    Canada
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    Apple Canada would only replace the card if it failed Apple's Video Test - stupid policy as that test barely stresses the GPU and therefore would not induce failure in all scenarios.

    Thankfully after an hour at the Apple Store, my GPU failed with the appropriate error code and my GPU was eligible for the recall.

    However, Apple should not make its customers jump through such hoops for a GPU replacement - especially in my case where I had screenshots and photographs to prove that my computer had issues!
     

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