If you got an AMD “Bulldozer” CPU and didn’t fairly agree with AMD that it was an precise 8-core chip, congratulations: A choose has agreed with you, and you could be eligible for a small little bit of compensation in consequence.
As initially reported by The Register, AMD has agreed to pay up to $35 per chip for individuals who purchased an FX-8120, FX-8150, FX-8320, FX-8350, FX-8370, FX-9370, or FX-9590, on account of a settlement of a class-action suit introduced in 2015. Unfortunately, the settlement hasn’t moved previous the stage the place each side publish particulars of how to get hold of compensation. (You can learn our authentic AMD Bulldozer evaluation, right here.)
The litigants initially filed suit as a result of they disagreed with AMD’s claims that its 4 CPU modules, every with a pair of cores inside them, mixed to create an eight-core chip. The defendants argued that as a result of the CPU cores shared sources and a single floating-point unit, the affected chips weren’t an eight-core chip in any respect. After 4 years of back-and-forth within the courts, AMD agreed to settle in trade for a launch from all future claims.
The whole compensation is simply $12.1 million, nonetheless, which can want to be break up between the litigants and the members of the category—mainly, any buyer who purchased a Bulldozer chip and might attest to it. The settlement assumes that 20 % of affected clients will really apply for the settlement price. Put one other method, the pot of cash doesn’t assure $35 per chip; it merely makes some guesses as to how many individuals will apply for compensation, and divides the cash accordingly.
The Register accurately refers again to the Equifax knowledge breach, the place the $125 in per-customer “compensation” shortly shrank as soon as the entire affected clients—just about all people?—started making use of for his or her fair proportion. It’s arduous to say whether or not the identical factor will occur right here, too.