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Origin PC Opting for Nvidia Over AMD GPUs for Gaming PCs

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Origin PC is no longer offering AMD GPUs in its pre-built systems.

On Friday boutique desktop builder Origin PC stopped offering AMD Radeon GPUs in its customizableĀ  pre-built systems. In an emailed statement, CEO and co-founder Kevin Wasielewski said the decision to drop AMD GPUs was based on a combination of many factors including customer experiences, GPU performance/drivers/stability, and requests from the Origin PC support staff.

"Based on our 15+ years of experience building and selling award winning high-performance PCs, we strongly feel the best PC gaming experience is on Nvidia GPUs," he said. The title of his email stated that Origin PC is "going green!"

Origin PC's discontinuation of Radeon GPUs is just another blow to AMD this week. On Friday Valve Software finally revealed the specs of its prototype Steam Machine "console," and we cautiously use that word because the form factor is similar to the Xbox One. All prototype models shipping to 300 testers will include Nvidia "Kepler" GPUs and Intel Core CPUs.

Yet to AMD's defense, the Xi3 Piston will ship November 29 with a quad-core AMD "Trinity" chip clocked at 3.2 GHz and a Radeon Series GPU. This will likely be a Steam Machine as well, although the company hasn't made an official announcement. This "console" is also upgradable, allowing users to pull out a processor card and slide in a new one with an upgraded chip.

AMD also supplies APUs for both the upcoming Xbox One and PlayStation 4, both based on the company's Graphics Core Next architecture. AMD is working on a unified gaming front thanks to its new Mantle low-level API that will supposedly give developers direct access to the hardware. Thus it will be possible to have games with the same AMD-exclusive features on both consoles and PCs with GCN-based Radeon GPUs. However, now it appears that Origin PC will be one less vendor supplying the latter.

Typically, boutique system builders stock AMD, Intel and Nvidia components to appeal to everyone. But as of this writing, the company seems to be clearing out all references to AMD in the system spec lists although there are still a few options during the customization process like the AMD FX-9590 "Vishera" chip (Genesis desktop). As it stands now, the company seems to be going all Nvidia and Intel.

Origin PC was also just revealed to be one of Nvidia's Battlebox partners, offering the Millennium and Genesis customizable high-end desktops with GTX 690, GTX 770, GTX 780 and Titan GPUs. Both will provide dual and triple SLI options along with the company's "professional" graphics card overclocking, whereas the Genesis adds a quad option as well (four Titans for $3,173!). The Genesis Battlebox will also use Origin PC's Cryogenic liquid cooling.

We've reached out to Origin PC to get more information regarding the problems that led up to abandoning AMD GPUs. So far we haven't heard anything back, but we'll provide an update here or in a second article.

UPDATE: Technical Support Manager Alvaro Masis had this to say: "Primarily the overall issues have been stability of the cards, overheating, performance, scaling, and the amount of time to receive new drivers on both desktop and mobile GPUs."

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    parkerm35 , October 5, 2013 6:24 AM
    Wow, this is a big loss for AMD, and a major coup for NVidia. The tens of machines Origin sell each year will really cripple AMD's sales.
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    Dorissimo , October 5, 2013 6:12 AM
    And getting the "Battlebox" contract from nvidia had NOTHING to do with dropping AMD, and making a public statement about it too boot?

    ROFL...riiiiiiiiiight.....
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    rokit , October 5, 2013 6:59 AM
    Um, why would someone buy Origin PC's build to eat what they give you when you can make the build for yourself? Its not a rocket science just a week of roaming the internet about site and users reviews about parts you need.
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    Mousemonkey , October 5, 2013 6:08 AM
    I posted this yesterday and nobody took any notice, I wonder why?

    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/id-1825735/origin-drops-amd-graphics.html
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    Dorissimo , October 5, 2013 6:12 AM
    And getting the "Battlebox" contract from nvidia had NOTHING to do with dropping AMD, and making a public statement about it too boot?

    ROFL...riiiiiiiiiight.....
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    de5_Roy , October 5, 2013 6:13 AM
    wth is origin pc thinking? if they had ditched amd a few years back when amd refused to acknowledge their cards' inherent microstuttering issue, i woulda understood (i'd still call bias), but now, when amd has console wins and is taking steps to solve driver issues, ditching amd doesn't make sense.

    although, 'going green' answers quite a bit. nvidia and their benjamins must be at play here. :p  i think they're wrong for betting on nvidia. time will tell....
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    knightmike , October 5, 2013 6:14 AM
    I have always been a fan of AMD. They usually offer the best bang-for-buck solution. However, the frame time variance issue has driven me towards Nvidia. I'm not so sure it's strictly a driver issue. I think I'll wait for the 8000 series before I consider them again.
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    Mousemonkey , October 5, 2013 6:16 AM
    Well I've been getting driver issues with a single 7790 so its just their drivers as a whole that are crap and it seems as though Origin have finally had enough and seeing as the "new" cards are just the old cards maybe they feel that nothing is going to change?
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    whyso , October 5, 2013 6:21 AM
    Please realize that the "Radeon GPU" in the Xi3 Piston is a 7660G which is a ......igp.
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    parkerm35 , October 5, 2013 6:24 AM
    Wow, this is a big loss for AMD, and a major coup for NVidia. The tens of machines Origin sell each year will really cripple AMD's sales.
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    Mousemonkey , October 5, 2013 6:30 AM
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    Wow, this is a big loss for AMD, and a major coup for NVidia. The tens of machines Origin sell each year will really cripple AMD's sales.


    It's not about crippling AMD sales but rather having the balls to to tell it like it is and if they are lying then why haven't AMD gone for the lawsuit to make them retract their statement? They did take on Intel after all because they felt they had a case and they won so if these guys are lying why haven't AMD squashed them like a bug?
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    cityuser , October 5, 2013 6:31 AM
    Origin PC won't earn a dollar from me because of their bias on AMD GPU.
    Using nVidia GPU watching blu-ray/HD is a self-punishment.
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    horaciopz , October 5, 2013 6:43 AM
    Quote:
    Wow, this is a big loss for AMD, and a major coup for NVidia. The tens of machines Origin sell each year will really cripple AMD's sales.



    I really would like this statement as a sarcasm. Origin is a boutique-class company. They don't sell in big number, but in few well done items.

    That's why most of theirs PC have an attached premium on it.

    AMD have problems to be addressed but they are doing fine by now so it shouldn't be a surprise if later on the road they use AMD GPU's again.
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    piggys , October 5, 2013 6:43 AM
    Ask my fried Nvidia card about there drivers. Did did the same thing with 8800. I knew I should of went with AMD.
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    Mousemonkey , October 5, 2013 6:49 AM
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    Ask my fried Nvidia card about there drivers. Did did the same thing with 8800. I knew I should of went with AMD.


    Please don't, it's only you keeping Nvidia afloat and if you leave they're doomed, DOOMED! :pfff: 
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    rokit , October 5, 2013 6:59 AM
    Um, why would someone buy Origin PC's build to eat what they give you when you can make the build for yourself? Its not a rocket science just a week of roaming the internet about site and users reviews about parts you need.
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    dimar , October 5, 2013 7:02 AM
    The first thing I do when I get a new GPU is change the thermal paste to a high quality one. I'm using 7950 1GHz and no problems at all. Although I did experience issues for the first few months with blinking screen when using browsers, but that has been fixed long ago with driver updates. Intel and AMD should educate their users on how to build PCs. Personally I wouldn't trust even the smartest tech person in the world to build my computer :-)
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    Mousemonkey , October 5, 2013 7:03 AM
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    Um, why would someone buy Origin PC's build to eat what they give you when you can make the build for yourself? Its not a rocket science just a week of roaming the internet about site and users reviews about parts you need.


    Because not everyone wants to build their own PC or have you never heard of a company called Dell or Hewlit Packard or Alienware and if that's the case have you been living under a rock all these years?
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    OverclockedCeleron , October 5, 2013 7:10 AM
    Origin PC might have a point if they were referring to multi-GPU setups. But things are changing, and in no way do I see how this is another "blow" to AMD.

    Just wait until AMD flips the table once Mantle takes off. If Mantle delivers, then AMD GPUs will have a clear advantage in many future PC gaming. It would be interesting to hear what Origin PC says to justify going back to AMD again ;-).
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    Mousemonkey , October 5, 2013 7:12 AM
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    The flood of tears from AMD fans over this is kind of funny.


    I'm waiting for Silicondoc to turn up and repeat his assumptions that he's been making over on the Anandtech forums, now they're funny! :lol: 
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    shin0bi272 , October 5, 2013 7:18 AM
    Im with Rokit. Build your own, save money, learn something, and have a better (or equal) performing rig. There's only 15-18 components soup to nuts in a PC so its not like its hard to learn to do it.

    Sure if youre one of the 15% of the country without a pc you might end up buying a package deal for a few years till you try to play a new game and dont want to upgrade your entire system so you buy more ram or a new gpu and then it doesnt work with your system for some reason or another and you end up learning all about building a pc from your own mistakes... just like the rest of us!
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