Apple’s 2011 MacBook Pro Lineup Suffering From Sporadic GPU Failures

Appleinsider’s Shane Cole says that owners of early-2011 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pros are reporting issues with those models’ discrete AMD graphics processors, which in some cases results in the failure of the component, leaving an expensive logic board replacement as the only remedy.

Cole notes that users of affected machines report that display discoloration, banding, and image distortion are the most common visible symptoms, but many say that their computers suddenly freeze without any of the graphical warning signs, and that Apple has yet to address the fairly widespread issue, with many users reporting that the only repair option given to those without AppleCare coverage is a complete logic board replacement at a cost of $500 or more.

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