Appleinsider’s Mikey Campbell reports that it appears at least some early-2011 MacBook Pro models with discrete AMD GPUs are experiencing issues with system crashes and hardware failures, and that reports of problems escalating in recent weeks. Presumably the spile would be due to these machines reaching a “certain age.”
Campbell cites a 157-page thread on the Apple Support Communities forum, in which an increasing number of owners of early- to late-2011 MacBook Pros with discrete graphics cards are reporting hardware-related system crashes. And the problem appears to be getting worse.
Apple has not commented.
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