by Kevin O’Brien
Looks like the NVIDIA 8400M and 8600M graphics chipsets are not alone with their abnormal failure rates; the Inquirer has just released that the defects span even the newer G92 and G94 chipsets. This means machines that offer the 8800M graphics chipset (HP HDX, Alienware M15x, and most every high-end gaming notebook) as well as that new Lenovo W700 are possibly running soon-to-be defective hardware.
So what does this mean for you and your notebook? Too early to tell right now, might only be certain batches or it could be the entire bunch. Expect to see more BIOS updates released to increase cooling fan cycles, and more ATI graphics options from notebook manufacturers.
We are already seeing a spike in high-end ATI options on almost all new Montevina notebooks, with fewer NVIDIA options day by day. Hopefully NVIDIA gets their act in gear ASAP and fixes this widespread problem which seems to affect every almost graphics card made right now.