Nvidia, AMD accused of price-fixing in GPU market

By Justin Mann on May 24, 2007, 3:29 PM
In an announcement released today, Nvidia made us all aware of some serious allegations against them. Together with AMD/ATI, Nvidia has been targeted with 51 civil complaints, all of them oriented around price-fixing and anti-competitive agreements. Due to the fact that Nvidia and ATI composed almost the entire market for discrete graphics cards (Intel still reigning in supreme for GPUs overall), it isn't a surprise that they have come under scrutiny. Both Nvidia and AMD are now being subpoenaed for more information. Of course, Nvidia denies the claims and says they are without merit.

You'd think with only two huge companies competing in such a well-known market, price-fixing would be the last thing they would try to get away with. Interesting, though. What damages the complains are seeking, if any, wasn't made known.

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howzz1854 said:
it's an old nature from The Art of War. when you have two major powers, they can either fight to the death or make up. but when you have three major powers, not one single power dares to attack another for the fear that secret alliance can be formed between the other two. maybe i am not making any sense, but i wouldn't be surprised if there's price fixing in the graphic industry. since there's really only two major companies to choose from.
otester said:
This doesn't supprise me.
foogan said:
That's not surprising. Look how much you have to pay for a decent video card. It's highway robbery
-Kestrel- said:
Why, exactly, is it "highway robbery"? (I'm not saying it isn't, but such accusations need to be supported, or they're simply drivel.)
beef_jerky4104 said:
I love nVIDA and ATi. I doubt that they are doing this.
fornacis said:
I doubt this is true for either company. If someone wants to go after extreme price fixing then go after Big Oil.
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