Hum, so will nivida fall because of this? there doesn't wall ways have to be a competition between partners 🙂 Let nivida do their thing and partners do theirs, its not like they aren't licensing stuff to them anymore. won't it be kinda like hte same competition as it is not with different nividia manufactures.
BestBuy is always overpriced this cannot be good for sales IMO. I see prices being 30% over retail.
And don't forget that NVIDIA's partners offer plenty of additional features to include over-clocked, super-clocked, and wazoo-ass-clocked cards. They've designed better coolers than the reference design calls for too. They give games and other cool stuff away with their cards.
And lastly, they don't deserve to be treated like this by their supplier. This goes against the game as they knew it and it stinks a little.
I'm kinda with realneil on this one. It seems like a crappy way to treat your partners. BB is way overpriced, but lets not forget that they sell a HUGE number of cards and they had a gap in the Nvidia arena because BFG was the sole provider to BB for a long time. I would be a little miffed if I was trying to get that deal and my supplier snatched it out from under me.
Wow, now thats gonna be really cool I think. Amazing.
Is NVIDIA going to fall because of this? No. The situation now is much different than it was 11 years ago, and 3dfx wasn't destroyed *just* because it chose to compete against its own former partners.
It's safe to say NV's partners aren't happy about this turn of events. There's probably been saber-rattling over ATI partnerships; we might even see some shifts because of it. But it's not going to fundamentally alter the balance of power.
If any thing this will spur the NV partners to give us the buyer more, such as faster cards or more games for the price of their cards vs the Nvidia cards. I think this will be a good thing. I know I would much rather have an Evga card then a Nvidia card.