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ATi HDCP Class Action Lawsuit

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a b U Graphics card
May 26, 2010 4:35:48 PM


A few years ago, a class action lawsuit was arranged by consumers upset over ATI's supposedly erroneous claim of being "HDCP compliant" and "HDCP capable." I bought a 9800xt a few years back and was eligible for the lawsuit. Thinking that I wouldn't lose anything by participating, I signed the necessary forms online and submitted them.

A few days ago, I received a white box in the mail that I had no idea what it was for. I opened it up and it was an HD 4650 from ATI as settlement for the case!

Yay for free video cards!

Anyone else get one? :kaola: 
a c 125 U Graphics card
May 26, 2010 5:00:14 PM

Lol 2 years delivery time, nice. Congrats on the free card :D .
a b U Graphics card
May 26, 2010 5:06:10 PM

A 4650 ?? -- you'd think they would at least send a new gen card instead of clearing out the oversupply of last gen cards in the warehouse !
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a b U Graphics card
May 26, 2010 5:13:23 PM

I blame the USPS :p 

I have no idea what I'll use it for though. I'll probably end up keeping it as a backup card in case anything happens to mine. Maybe at the most I might build a cheapy HTPC with it so I can stream shows to it without having to convert it to a format that my 360 likes.

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a c 189 U Graphics card
May 26, 2010 7:11:59 PM

wow, a free card, congratulation... :) 

yeah, you can use that 4650 as a paper-weight... :lol: 

is it enough as a backup of your GTX 285? :D 
a b U Graphics card
May 26, 2010 7:34:48 PM

@wa1, yeah really. A big paperweight XD

It would be enough to boot in case my display stopped working and I needed to troubleshoot (lol rhyme). I had a 9800 gx2 previously and it burnt out and I didn't have a backup card. I had to secretly use my girlfriend's 260 to test on my system to confirm that it was my video card that had died.

a b U Graphics card
May 26, 2010 7:36:00 PM

At least the 4650 would beat out any onboard video chipset lol
a b U Graphics card
May 26, 2010 7:44:20 PM

It is obvious that ATI sent you an HDCP card that is as close to the performance of your old card as possible.

Good new is that the 4650 is a lot faster!
a b U Graphics card
May 26, 2010 7:45:38 PM

Man, I just realized that when I said "A few years back" that it was actually about 6 years ago. Bit more than a "few". :(  I feel old.
a b U Graphics card
June 2, 2010 12:02:14 AM

Best answer selected by borisof007.