August 22, 2014 at 7:58 am #4080
Apple has two macbooks at store that is meant for two different types of users. One who need a macbook for every day works, to experience best portability and great battery life – Macbook Air is for such people. Second is for people who use mac for graphics intense applications, video editing and so on. Macbook pro is meant for that category of customers. 4 years before i bought a macbook pro 15 inch model and after 1.5 years i had issue with Nvidia chipset. When i took it to Apple store for diagnose they said NVidia chipset is dead and i should go for Logic Board replacement. Which they asked Rs 32,000 for replacement ($530 approximately).
So i decided to sell my macbook pro 15 inch and i got a 13 inch model without NVidia chipset. I am using it since then and so far its working very well. No such issues spotted as i am using it with my asus pb278q 27 inch extended display. The performance is totally great till now.
A friend of mine who bought Macbook Pro Retina (1st Generation) mid 2012 model recently got screen flickering issue after regular system boot. So i suggested him to contact apple customer care via telephone and they did some PRAM reset and it didnt help. So he took it to nearest apple store and got same reply “replace logic board as the graphics chipset causing trouble”.
image via Apple Support Community forum
When i searched online i found that this has become a routine for thousands of mac users and the only option is we should get apple care protection plan to get a free replacement. There are cases that users have changed their Logic board even 4 to 5 times because of nvidia graphics chipset problem. You can read more about this from this thread.
Macbook Pro Retina, not a Recommended Buy
Apple products are not cheap and they are expensive than any other laptops in the market. People choose macbook pro to get their work done and get best productivity at their work. For me, it looks like apple is very careless with this issue and didnt fix this issue for several years even in recent macbook pro upgrades. If the nvidia chipset is causing trouble then apple should have get that fixed or come up with a replacement program to help its customers. My friend who recently had similar problem should spend Rs 67,000 ($1,100 approximately) to replace the logic board as it is not under warranty.
Problems in electronic devices is common, but people who buy apple products have the mindset of experience quality and getting a good lifetime for its products. Which is totally missing with Macbook Pro Retina models and earlier generations which comes with NVidia GPU.
I felt frustrated when i hear about this issue again and again. Thought to come up with an article. Thanks for your time and you may share this post to tell your friends to consider going for a non nvidia chipset model as a recommendation. have a great day.