Intel stonewalling Nvidia's Nehalem chipsets

By Justin Mann on June 4, 2008, 5:48 PM
In the past, vendors have chided Intel for their draconian licensing policies which lets them limit at any time who can develop what for their processors. It has prevented companies like AMD and VIA in the past from creating chipsets for Intel's processors, which they claim Intel did only to push more of their own in-house chipsets.

Now Nvidia is being added to that list, with Nvidia's Director of Public Relations claiming that Intel, despite the licensing agreement they have, will not allow Nvidia to manufacture chipsets compatible with their new Nehalem processors. Without this, Nvidia will not be able to offer the Nforce platform for newer Intel CPUs, putting both them and motherboard manufacturers in a bad spot. The decision from Intel seems to have been influenced by Nvidia's attitude as to the future of GPUs, in which they see the GPU as slowly taking a more important role in computers than CPU does. Their decision to not license SLI may also have contributed. Regardless, if things do stand like that, the only way to acquire an Intel CPU would be to pair it with an Intel chipset meaning no SLI and no Nforce.

Obviously from a consumer standpoint it's a losing situation. I look forward to seeing how they resolve this situation. From an AMD standpoint it could end up being a good thing, so long as they do the right thing and keep their platforms more open.

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---agissi--- said:
Sounds like a Monopoly roll to me.
black_adder said:
Hmmm, Bad move really... Since alot of people go with Nvidia GPU's, its likely that people might just use an AMD CPU. Then again, since ATI are only a step behind these days, Maybe the market will shift towards ATI cards... Who knows
captain828 said:
really bad move... and who will provide graphics? DAAMIT, their direct CPU & GPU rivals?! loldon't tell me that they plan on offering only larabees in the future...
nirkon said:
I think they are screwing with their own sales, no 'rich' gamer will buy their platform if they can't get their video cards to run on it (as long as Nvidia are in the lead)
otester said:
SLI is for retards/rich kids.Rather take an Intel chipset over an Nvidia.
spydercanopus said:
Intel makes superior products. Too bad they don't make enthusiast GPUs or NVIDIA would be like ATI, second rate.
fullmetalvegan said:
Actually the nForce 7 series chipsets offer superior CPU support over the Intel X48 chipset. On benchmarks, a Gigabyte X48 was far below the FPS a 790i chipset had.Also, ostester: SLI is handy, I am thinking of someone else who is a retard. =)
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