Friday, August 1st 2008

Goodbye NVIDIA nForce?

If the report from Taiwanese industry observer DigiTimes holds ground, NVIDIA could be wrapping up its chipset division. This was revealed by sources at top motherboard manufacturers who have attended a meeting with NVIDIA where the company sought support from them to continue the chipset business. The manufacturers didn't show obvious or in other words, positive support.

Here's how the exit of nForce could affect the industry and you :

  • It will debunk any recent speculation that Apple will be adopting Nvidia chipsets for its upcoming notebook products
  • You could be using the same motherboard for multi-GPU configurations across both ATI and NVIDIA hardware
  • The subtraction of the BR-04 chip on X58 motherboards could still fetch SLI given that some manufacturers hint that they wouldn't bother using it, forcing NVIDIA to "give it away", meaning use it directly on the platform
This means Nvidia needs to find a way of licensing and enabling multi-GPU support on motherboards using Intel and/or AMD chipsets fast. Otherwise it will have to cede the top-end of the graphics card market to AMD, which now has the benefit of Crossfire.

Update: NVIDIA has responded to the DigiTimes article saying that they are not leaving the chipset business and have no intention of doing so.sourceSource: DigiTimes
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63 Comments on Goodbye NVIDIA nForce?

#1
erocker
I hope this translates into Nvidia making thier graphics cards to SLi on any dual PCI-E motherboard. I would love for Intel to help them out.
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#2
Selene
NV has already stated this is untrue.
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#3
KieranD
obviously you will see intel sli chips but i dont see why ati and amd would make sli chips for its motherboards

so this means the only solution is some form of sli on the graphics card itself instead of the motherboard

i wonder how ali will be done and this means we will have to suffer ati/amd and via chipsets motherboards only if we go amd cpu
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#4
chron
by: Selene
NV has already stated this is untrue.
of course they did. All companies will make it seem as though things are going great all the time.

Nvidia purposely doesn't allow sli on anything other than their chipsets. Finally it's going to bite them in the ass (maybe lol)
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#6
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
hey maybe now AMD will make some intel chipsets roflmao
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#7
1c3d0g
What I'd really like to see NVIDIA focus on is a proper Atom chipset (with an NVIDIA IGP). Unfortunately it appears they're not interested in the low-end market, which is a great loss for everybody.
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#9
PCpraiser100
What did I tell ya? I was right that NVIDIA will cripple. I think this is a great thing since if they pull it off with Intel chipsets that means we don't have to switch mobos for SLI or Xfire anymore!
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#10
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Added an update. Any further issues/updates, please contact other staff to make changes. Thank you.
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#11
Megasty
Its about time. Those NV chipsets were a pain in the ass to OC & the stability even at stock was laughable at best. They should dump that chipset while the dumping is good. Bring on the X58.
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#13
thebeephaha
by: [I.R.A]_FBi
i am sad :( they should go
I'm sad... I rather like my 680i...
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#15
yogurt_21
they're not going this was an idiotic listing by digitimes which comes up false again.
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#16
robspierre6
interesting

So,if nvidia gives sli license to intel, we wont be forced to buy a nforce board for sli.
If nvidia dosen't give the sli lisence to intel,it wont get the nehalem lisence.
i think nvidia will go with the fist choice which means,by by nforce.
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#17
suraswami
Thanks for the update bta, i was shocked to see that NVidia will be going out of chipset market. I love their chipsets, most stable and OCable.

NVidia is doing pretty well with their chipset sales, why would they go out of business.

Crap posting from that website.
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#18
TheGuruStud
How retarded is Digitimes? Seriously. Uh, yeah, Nvidia is just going to stop making a bazillion chips that make money. Riiiiight. I think they need to lay off the crack during office hours.

And Nvidia has already called it groundless and debunked it.
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#19
EastCoasthandle
Interesting however nv didn't address if it was true/not true that motherboard makers are not supporting nforce in their meeting. Sure nv may not be exiting the chipset business but the motherboard makers response is IMO more important.
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#20
TheGuruStud
by: EastCoasthandle
Interesting however nv didn't address if it was true/not true that motherboard makers are not supporting nforce in their meeting. Sure nv may not be exiting the chipset business but the motherboard makers response is IMO more important.
That is incredibly unlikely. Nvidia may not push chipsets like intel, but those chipsets also aren't cheap pieces of crap.
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#21
Selene
Sigh NV haters are every were.
but here is what NV had to say, just like i posted earlyer.

Updated - A response from NVIDIA's Bryan del Rizzo:

The story on Digitimes is completely groundless. We have no intention of getting out of the chipset business.
In fact, our MCP business is as strong as it ever has been for both AMD and Intel platforms:
Mercury Research has reported that the NVIDIA market share of AMD platforms in Q2 08 was 60%. We have been steady in this range for over two years.
SLI is still the preferred multi-GPU platform thanks to its stellar scaling, game compatibility and driver stability.
nForce 790i SLI is the recommended choice by editors worldwide due to its compelling combination of memory performance, overclocking, and support for SLI. . . .
We're looking forward to bring new and very exciting MCP products to the market for both AMD and Intel platforms
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#22
EastCoasthandle
by: Selene
Sigh NV haters are every were.
but here is what NV had to say, just like i posted earlyer.

Updated - A response from NVIDIA's Bryan del Rizzo:

The story on Digitimes is completely groundless. We have no intention of getting out of the chipset business.
In fact, our MCP business is as strong as it ever has been for both AMD and Intel platforms:
Mercury Research has reported that the NVIDIA market share of AMD platforms in Q2 08 was 60%. We have been steady in this range for over two years.
SLI is still the preferred multi-GPU platform thanks to its stellar scaling, game compatibility and driver stability.
nForce 790i SLI is the recommended choice by editors worldwide due to its compelling combination of memory performance, overclocking, and support for SLI. . . .
We're looking forward to bring new and very exciting MCP products to the market for both AMD and Intel platforms
Yeah I read that already but it doesn't address what the motherboard manufactures are saying.
That is incredibly unlikely. Nvidia may not push chipsets like intel, but those chipsets also aren't cheap pieces of crap.
Isn't Foxconn dropping the 790i Dreadnought?

For me, there are still unanswered questions. I guess only time will reveal all.
^^ A serious question here: Who in their right mind goes out of their way to buy a foxxconn? I've seen them in some low quality OEM machines, but that's about it. And after reading the story about their BIOSes....
email sent to avoid de-railing thread.
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#23
TheGuruStud
^^ A serious question here: Who in their right mind goes out of their way to buy a foxxconn? I've seen them in some low quality OEM machines, but that's about it. And after reading the story about their BIOSes....
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#24
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Im glad to see an update on this. I shutter to think of AMD and Intel being the only "real" enthusiast chipsets ( not counting VIA on this one ). IT would get stale fast.
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#25
$ReaPeR$
the lesson that nvidia is learning is that in capitalism one canot afford to make too many enemies, and nvidia has plenty already firstly because of there outrageous prices and secondly because it is not shearing the sli technology. IMO it was a matter of time because AMD didnt have until now a crossfire solution as powerful as sli but with the 4800 that has changed. and intel was looking for a chance to get rid of nvidia and they gave it with the sli.
if nvidia dont release the sli license they wont be around for long and that is bad for everyone especially us the clients.i believe that intel has (for now) the best overall chipsets, the highest ocs are performed on intel chips.after all we wouldnt have to change mobos for CF or SLI wouldnt that be great and CHEAP.:toast:
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