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Nvidia Abandoning Market?

Charlie over at Semiaccurate seems to believe that Nvidia is tossing in the towel on the mid and high end GPU market. I know Charlie, I’ve tracked his articles and editorials and most of what he says has some basis in reality. That being said we have to wonder if this is just cannon fodder to feed an angry ATI beast which finds itself sitting pretty after the 5XXX series cards. Given the problems with Fermi and the lack of a contender from Nvidia until some time in 2010 could this be a real possibility with Nvidia. . . we doubt it.

NVIDIA IS KILLING the GTX260, GTX275, and GTX285 with the GTX295 almost assured to follow as it (Nvidia: NVDA) abandons the high and mid range graphics card market. Due to a massive series of engineering failures, nearly all of the company’s product line is financially under water, and mismanagement seems to be killing the company.

Not even an hour after we laid out the financial woes surrounding the Nvidia GTX275 and GTX260, word reached us that they are dead. Normally, this would be an update to the original article, but this news has enough dire implications that it needs its own story. Nvidia is in desperate shape, whoop-ass has turned to ash, and the wagons can’t be circled any tighter.

Word from sources deep in the bowels of 2701 San Tomas Expressway tell us that the OEMs have been notified that the GTX285 is EOL’d, the GTX260 is EOL in November or December depending on a few extraneous issues, and the GTX275 will be EOL’d within 2 weeks. I would expect this to happen around the time ATI launches its Juniper based boards, so before October 22.

We will put in a request for comment to Nvidia and see what they have to say.


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