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XFX's Having Problems With Nvidia...

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a b U Graphics card
January 10, 2010 2:24:21 AM

Any ideas on whats going on?

Posted on HARD OCP

http://www.hardocp.com/news/2010/01/09/gpu_news_from_ce...

GPU News from the CES
Rumor has it that this week NVIDIA will let it officially be known that XFX's European operations will cease to be an NVIDIA Approved Partner. This means that XFX will lose all underlying NVIDIA support on GPU allocation and new product launches...including Fermi. It also looks as if Visiontek will be kicked out of a MAJOR USA e-tailer, which will probably decimate Visiontek's business. We will be seeing other major changes in video card sales this year here in the USA as well. The video card manufacturer landscape will be very different in the USA this year. Expect to see two or three major brands fall by the wayside when it comes to NVIDIA and AMD GPUs.

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a b U Graphics card
January 10, 2010 2:39:45 AM

The deals made mean exclusives for each brand maker, like new designs, allotments, etc. Also licensing to sell in certain areas.
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a b U Graphics card
January 11, 2010 4:53:51 PM

More Info This From MPC

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/rumor_nvidia_and_...

Rumor: Nvidia and XFX to Part Ways
Posted 01/11/10 at 07:10:42 AM by Paul Lilly


According to Kyle Bennett, founder of HardOCP, rumors had been running rampant at CES that Nvidia will officially announce the termination of its relationship with XFX's European operations as an Nvidia Approved Partner. This could be a huge development with Fermi just around the corner.

XFX is considered one of the 'big three' GPU partners who offer a true lifetime warranty on their GPUs (BFG and EVGA being the other two), and is the only one out of the three that allows end-users to transfer the warranty to a second owner.

Just over one year ago, XFX, formerly an exclusive Nvidia partner, announced it would also start building graphics cards for AMD. But despite the three-way relationship, there were never any indications that Nvidia was considering dropping XFX as an Approved Partner, at least until now.

This could be a major blow to XFX if Fermi lives up to the hype and wrestles the performance crown away from AMD. It also could rank as just one of many side stories in the GPU world.

"The videocard manufacturer landscape will be very different in the USA this year. Expect to see two or three major brands fall by the wayside when it comes to Nvidia and AMD GPUs," Bennett added.
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January 11, 2010 5:05:48 PM

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"The videocard manufacturer landscape will be very different in the USA this year. Expect to see two or three major brands fall by the wayside when it comes to Nvidia and AMD GPUs," Bennett added.


What GPUs are there except for AMD and nVidia?

This isn't good. Less competition usually means higher prices.
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a b U Graphics card
January 11, 2010 5:07:52 PM

This unfortunately has to happen, tho dumping xfx is a surprise and disappointing as well.

It seems the future of discrete gfx is slowly becoming a smaller market, and soon to become much smaller.

With AMD and Intel (i3) both coming in with their IGPs on chip, this limits the low emd discrete, amking for a smaller market overall, and having less partners makes sense.

Why nVidia chose XFX is given over to speculation, it may have been becuase it was no longer a nVidia exclusive partner, and knowing the market needs to shift, this pushed their decision to drop XFX, at least in the EU, and thus protecting their other partners for decent distribution
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