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AMD is paying $300 to customers who bought its Bulldozer and Piledriver processors

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If you bought AMD’s Bulldozer or Piledriver processors while living in California, or you bought directly from the AMD.com website (opens in new tab), then you can now submit a claim to get $300 for each processor you bought.

This follows AMD agreeing in August to pay  $12.1 million to settle a long-running false advertising lawsuit concerning its claim that its FX Bulldozer was the “first native eight-core desktop processor” in adverts.

If you bought one of the following processors either in California or via AMD.com, then you may be in line for a payout:

  • AMD FX-8120
  • AMD FX-8150
  • AMD FX-8320
  • AMD FX-8350
  • AMD FX-8370
  • AMD FX-9370
  • AMD FX-9590

These were sold between 2011 and 2013. If you meet the criteria, you should submit a claim (opens in new tab) via the AMD CPU Settlement (opens in new tab) website by January 3, 2020.

Will you actually get $300 per CPU?

So, if you have bought one or more of those CPUs and meet the requirements, how much money could you expect to get?

As The Verge explains (opens in new tab), you likely won’t get the full $300 per chip, as the more people who submit a claim, the less money each person could receive. It’s also worth remembering that lawyers, plaintiffs and admin costs will all chip away at that $12.1 million.

Still, if you bought one of the processors in the right circumstances, it’s still worth putting in a claim. You do not need to have proof of purchase to make a claim unless you are claiming for more than five CPUs.

On February 20, 2020, the court will hold a final fairness hearing to decide the final terms of the payout.

Matt Hanson
Managing Editor, Computing and Entertainment

Matt is TechRadar's Managing Editor for Computing and Entertainment, looking after two of the best, and most exciting, channels on the site. Having written for a number of publications such as PC Plus, PC Format, T3 and Linux Format, there's no aspect of technology that Matt isn't passionate about, especially computing and PC gaming. Ever since he got an Amiga A500+ for Christmas in 1991, he's loved using (and playing on) computers, and will talk endlessly about how The Secret of Monkey Island is the best game ever made. He's also a huge film and TV fan and Marvel geek, and his favorite recent film is Dune.