The Inquirer, who broke the story on NVIDIA’s mobile graphics woes just last month, has come out and said that the problem is far more widespread than anyone previously thought.
While desktop owners were able to stand back with their powerful NVIDIA graphics cards and scoff at notebook buyers experiencing chip failures, the tables have turned. The Inquirer is alleging that four different NVIDIA board partners are seeing high failure rates on graphics cards using the G92 and G94 cores. That means that all of the following boards are potentially defective:
Fortunately, at least the GTX 200 series cards are completely unaffected by this issue (at least, as far as is known at this point).
Coming right after the recent announcement of ATI’s new flagship dual-core boards, the HD4850X2 and the HD4870X2 makes the news hit all that much harder. ATI has experienced quite the comeback in recent months, and while the GeForce 8 and 9 series cards still offered worth price/performance ratios, gamers are going to take a hard look before they buy one, now. A bigger problem, not discounting the large fees that this is going to cost NVIDIA, is the fact that confidence in the brand is likely to dip even further. With ATI’s success and NVIDIA’s new lows, it’s going to be a tough holiday season for the GeForce cards.
UPDATE: After contacting NVIDIA, a spokesperson said: “This story is completely groundless. There is no truth to it at all.”