Dell dropping Nvidia video cards altogether?

By Justin Mann on May 27, 2009, 7:23 PM
The relationship between computer giant Dell and Nvidia has been distressed, to say the least, in recent times. On top of numerous issues with hardware failures, Dell has had to extend warranties just to keep customers happy, with the majority of the problems tracing back to mistakes made by the graphics firm. It came to a head when Nvidia eventually agreed to shell out $10 million to Dell earlier this year, though this was not widely known about until recently.

All those troubles have apparently worn Dell out. Without official confirmation it's still largely a rumor, but it appears that Nvidia's time with Dell might be over at least temporarily. On their desktop lineups, Dell seems to be phasing out Nvidia hardware, with only certain XPS and AIO models showing their cards as options. Newer models appearing on their site have a wider selection of AMD-based cards as well, indicating that as existing models are replaced, their successors may lack Nvidia options altogether.

This is a bad sign for the company, who has up until recently been enjoying a comfortable lead over AMD/ATI. Much of Nvidia's growth has come from mobile GPUs, which is where most of their problems have been stemming from and some believe it's possible that Apple may be getting itchy feet regarding GeForce as well. Not all is lost, of course. Nvidia is no slouch, and will certainly work hard to recover from last year's misfortunes. We may first see AMD take a larger piece of the market, though, as Nvidia works out a new game plan.




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tekkaraiden said:
Well that is some good news for AMD but Nvidia will bounce back. I'd really like to see what Nvidia can do with a CPU.
Rejuvenation said:
I don't see how giving consumers fewer options is really a smart move. While most people that buy Dells probably don't care what brand of graphics cards are inside, those who buy gaming PCs from Dell/Alienware might. I've always been an Nvidia fan myself.
tengeta said:
I say its fine as long as they provide an option to leave your video card bay empty and add a Nvidia one if you choose to. Forcing ATI on people will make a lot of clueless people mad, they like their Intel and Nvidia cool kid combos.
captain828 said:
I really doubt this is more than a rumor. Pretty much every OEM has had to make a mass callback on their notebooks, be it bad cooling, faulty GPUs, exploding batteries, HDD/SDD failures, faulty speakers, keyboards etc.This is the nature of designing a small PC constrained to incredible dimensions.Another weird thing about this, which makes it look like a fake rumor, is that they mentioned desktops. To my knowledge there were no desktop GPUs affected or at least not en-masse.And out of pure curiosity, I visited Dell's site. Guess what: most mobile GPUs (some ~98%) have Intel GMA, ATi is barely present (some 5 SKUs) and nVidia seems to be exclusively for the more pricey notebooks.Desktop wise, Intel is again dominating and ATi is indeed in second with quite a few SKUs, mostly because ATi systems are cheaper. Alienware has both ATi and nVidia, with no obvious bias.Ohh, wait... this is nVidia news from the Inq; mind as well delete this post :) .
onearmedscissor said:
Dude, you're getting an ATI!
supersmashbrada said:
Seems that Dell would lose sales here for the decision, but would the loss of sales, cost them less than having to replace parts if they did otherwise. Maybe its a smart business decision.
Soul Harvester said:
[b]Originally posted by Rejuvenation:[/b][quote]I don't see how giving consumers fewer options is really a smart move. While most people that buy Dells probably don't care what brand of graphics cards are inside, those who buy gaming PCs from Dell/Alienware might. I've always been an Nvidia fan myself. [/quote]Look at it from Dell's standpoint. Their goal is to ship out as many millions of PCs/notebooks as possible. If they are getting massive returns on product all sourced back to one vendor, it's an easy decision for them to cut off that vendor.
DarkCobra said:
Well with no competition guess what will be coming back exclusively? The ATI stuff! No, I say resolve the problems but keep the competition going. ATI makes killer cards. I personally don't like them but the best thing that happened to NVidia was ATI and visa versa. Frankly, anything the bozo's at Dell assemble is junk IMHO and they'll never again in this lifetime see a dime of mine no matter whose card they use!
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