So are all MBP owners with the 8600m GT cards screwed?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jjahshik32, Jul 10, 2008.

  1. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
    Since its been official that all 8600m GT cards are defective that we can only prolong the gpu failing..

    Ok so this makes me feel like I've just gotten kicked in the crotch for the 2nd time. So this means the 3 year apple care I bought might be a lottery pick.

    For the people who hardly ever games and reaches a low temperature of their gpu cards would take much longer for the gpu to die and what if your gpu dies a year after the 3 year warranty~

    This has ruined my day, no week, no month.. no year~!!:mad:
  2. prism macrumors 6502a

    Dec 6, 2006
    LOL, wasn't it you who said that it looked like the only model affected was the 2.2ghz 128mb vram?
  3. jjahshik32 thread starter macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
    Yup, and now I got bit by the snake on my crotch~! :eek:

    Ebay it will go~
  4. prism macrumors 6502a

    Dec 6, 2006
    So you are going to go through the hassle of selling a perfectly fine laptop because an article claims that the GPU model in your laptop may be defective?
  5. jjahshik32 thread starter macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
    I've been thinking about selling the mbp since the mention of the Nvidia crisis.

    Also if it were "may be defective" I wouldnt sell it but.. when it IS defective yes.. something inside me keeps telling me since last week to sell, sell, sell before everyone else finds out and the mbp with the nvidia gpu are not desired anymore or prices drop dramatically.

    I was trying to keep this mbp for at least 3-4 years and if it will break on me by then, I would rather just save myself the $2k now and just opt for a white macbook now or wait for the new mbp.
  6. Alan Taylor macrumors 6502

    Alan Taylor

    May 14, 2006
    And there goes *another* Mac from you this year...
  7. jjahshik32 thread starter macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
    Yea, I'm so so tired of exchanging and flipping it on ebay..

    Finally this 17" mbp is perfect.. but finding out that all the 8600M gt cards are defective just makes this laptop feel like an expensive time bomb or I've just lost my investment.
  8. iCries macrumors regular

    Jul 9, 2008
    not really surprised, I mean come on the 8600GT is hotter than the 8800M GTX... ^^
  9. bov macrumors 6502

    Aug 21, 2007
    San Francisco
    i have a 2.2Ghz MBP with 8600GT 128mb vram. I haven't found anything wrong with my baby. What are the symptoms of a defective card?
  10. ravenvii macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    Same here, and I had it for slightly more than a year now. No problems at all.
  11. jjahshik32 thread starter macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
    That's what scares me even more that your mbp has lasted a lil over a year now.. this means that your nvidia gpu will last 1-2 more years until it fails and especially when apple care runs out by then, then your even more screwed.

    I would rather the gpu fail 6 months at a time and 3 times so I could get a swap for the montevina, I guess.

    But why go through that stress when I can sell it on ebay now and wait until the montevina and just buy that.

    Also once the montevina mbp are out the 17" and 15" mbp will drop in price by alot of $$ on top of it not being as much desired as well because of the nvidia gpu.
  12. yetanotherdave macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2007
    Bristol, England
    Surely if nvidia have acknowledged that all the GPU's are fauly, they, or apple will cover that particular issue above and beyond the usualy warranty (as it's now a known, sold faulty issue). Like when they recalled all batteries of a certain batch.
    I imagine that if aple of nvidia don't fix this for you, if/when your GPU dies, regardless of how long after the warranty it dies, they would be in all sorts of class actions trouble.
  13. jjahshik32 thread starter macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
    I hope your right on this, but I went ahead and listed the mbp on ebay already for a price that I'd want and in the meanwhile I will just wait until there are more information about this issue from Nvidia or someone gets to the bottom of this.
  14. doctoree macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2008
    Secret lair/ Earthmiddlepoint
    Can you please give us your source? I thought that so far NVIDIA didn't reveal which GPUs are effected and only said "older GPUs".
  15. prism macrumors 6502a

    Dec 6, 2006
    Uhhh, did Nvidia or Apple confirm that the 8600gt in your lappy is defective? Until it is official, it is just a rumor and nothing else!
  16. iCries macrumors regular

    Jul 9, 2008
    actually nvidia confirmed it yesterday, and as far as I understood it, its the latest revisions of the 8600GTs who are faulty, not the old 128mb ones, if I understood it right.

    Either way I find it surprising that the majority of the MBP never found it weird that the gpu was so hot, specially when it isnt really a high performing card, not even the 8800M gtx gets as hot as the 8600GTs found in the MBPs.

    link to news;
  17. NRose8989 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 6, 2008
    I don't get all of this craziness going around... My MBP is still going strong and I've never had a problem yet. as a matter of fact I'm currently exporting my final cut project as I'm typing this and its cooking hot but shows no signs of a near catastrophic failure. I played the orange box a couple weeks ago for several hours (until i beat it) and it ran strong. now i understand that my MBP doesn't represent the entire population of MBPs and that some people do have problems. I still plan to get apple care before my warranty is up and (knock on wood) if it eventually does die, then apple is going to have to do something (either fix or replace) to make it right. actually this may be a good thing, when/if my MBP dies say two years down the road, then apple just may send me a brand new current gen MBP to replace it.
  18. jjahshik32 thread starter macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
    No basically all Nvidia 8600M GT cards that are in the mbp whether its the 128mb, 256mb, 512mb are defective and eventually depending how much you push your gpu will determine its longevity.

    Looks like 2-3 years kind of thing with moderate usage.. you see I dont game at all really on my mbp which scares me even further because that means the gpu could survive anywhere from 2-4 years and if it dies after my AC runs out then I'm totally screwed.

    I just feel like I've bought an expensive laptop with an expiration date on it.

    They mention that the ASIC circuitry that's on the gpu is the culprit and when the gpu heats up and when you put your mbp to sleep or turn it off it cools and pretty much the circuitry cant take too much of it from heating up and cooling and heating up and cooling and over and over...

    So this means that we should just keep our laptops on forever?

    "The other problem is the long tail. Failures occur due to heat cycling, cold -> hot -> cold for the non-engineers out there. If you remember, we said all G84s and G86s are affected, and all are the same ASIC, so why aren't the desktop parts dying? They are, you are just low enough on the bell curve that you don't see it in number that set off alarm bells publicly yet.
    Laptops get turned on and off many times in a day, and due to the power management, throttle down much more than desktops. This has them going through the heat cycle multiple times in a day, whereas desktops typically get turned on and off once a day, sometimes left on for weeks at a time. Failures like this are typically on a bell curve, so they start out slow, build up, then tail off.
  19. iCries macrumors regular

    Jul 9, 2008
    I'm seriously really happy that ATi finally got its game back together, bought a computer for my brother recently with the 4850 card and its just priceless how well everything worked instantly, and the image quality of ATi cards is just on a completely different level than nvidia.

    I really regret that my last 2 purchases had nvidia cards in them, nvidia is the cheapest ******* company I have ever met in the it industry, its not like this is the first time they use cheap methods just to get out there or trump their competitors.

    Its like during the 7-series gpu when they released really hot ineffective gpus which gave up image quality for FPS to just compete with ATi's offerings.

    Hopefully the next DELL xps lines wont use any nvidia cards, and I hope HP goes to ATi also, and if Apple by a chance of a miracle for once would use a worthy GPU for their high end offerings and put in the HD 3780 Mobility, that would lead to a really worth deserving blow to nvidia which will spend hundreds of millions of dollars to solve this current crisis. They have to learn that cheap tactics like this is are not acceptable by either the OEMs or the customers.
  20. iCries macrumors regular

    Jul 9, 2008
    Yea, well maybe its because you never knew you had a problem? Mac fanboys constantly defended the sick thermals of the 8600GT in it, I personally feel like I have a frying pan on my lap when I use the ever so "good" MBP.

    These are not normal thermals, and I find it utterly amazing how most of you can even accept it or think its normal.

    Here's to hoping that Apple will use a 3870 mobility in its next iteration of the MBP and actually for once give us our moneys worth.
  21. nusynergy macrumors regular

    Jul 3, 2008
    Kent - UK
    Ok so now im worried.

    I have only just got my MBP, like a week ago. I play World of warcraft a lot on it. While playing i use Smcfancontrol to keep the temp as low as possible (about 55-60). But occasionally when i play i get graphical issues i.e. ppl dont look like there supposed to but Glow bright white instead. Random objects and animals in the game do the same.

    Is this a sign that my GPU maybe on its way out?
  22. effer macrumors member

    Nov 13, 2007
    You know, you could just put your nVidia chip through a stress test. If nothing unusual happens, you're probably safe to keep it for a while longer. But if you break it, it's at least covered by warranty. On a couple occasions, I've noticed my MBP having completely scrambled graphics. It's hard to say if I am affected by this problem, but it only happens once every couple months so I'm not really concerned.

    And didn't nVidia state that this problem could affect *future* products?

    So you might only want to use products with intel graphics. Which would mean using something from the MB/MBA line until this problem is resolved, or Apple switches to ATI/AMD.
  23. jjahshik32 thread starter macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
    I would think that the GPU wouldnt give you a symptom but rather just dying out or going out randomly one day.
  24. effer macrumors member

    Nov 13, 2007
    Commonly, a GPU will produce screen artifacts before dying completely. A game exhibiting flashes, specs or bright colored anomalies is either the result of a driver related issue or (more likely) a defective GPU. Usually the problem worsens as the temp rises, but not always.

    And about the GPU temps. Most graphic chips run hot, and are *supposed* to operate fine at such temps (80-100c). This isn't a guess, it's published information. A MBP becoming burning hot under load is not necessarily a symptom of a defective product. The problem is that nVidia's chips are not living up to their specs.
  25. prism macrumors 6502a

    Dec 6, 2006

    LOL, you obviously have never tried a MBP with the old ATI GPU in it. Even when idle, the thing feels like the inside of an oven!

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