Nvidia now expected to dump GeForce FX
ATI competition heating up
By Mike Magee: Friday 07 February 2003, 11:22
SOURCES CLOSE to Nvidia tell the INQUIRER that the graphics firm has told its partners that the GeForce FX is likely to be discontinued, with the firm instead concentrating on the NV35 platform.
The sources said that the firm has made the move because of an update that its bitter rival ATI is expected to soon roll out of the door.
Nvidia could not be contacted for confirmation at press time, but earlier this week a PR representative said that he "could not comment" on the previous reports.
Insiders had told the INQ earlier this year that Nvidia was only forecasting 100,000 units of the GeForce FX to ship before the end of May.
The boards were all being manufactured by one outsourcing company to Nvidia's specifications, and the partners were expected to re-brand the GeForce FX with their own boxes and different colour fans.
We're attempting to get more on this later today. If the reports are confirmed it's an expensive business for both Nvidia and its partners. At press time it wasn't clear whether the existing GPUs will be sold. But another source told us that it will stick with the ones it already has produced and that are in production, so won't ramp that production up.
It will also wait and see the reaction from customers and press reviewers to assess the right quantity to ship. There may be only as few as 10,000 GPUs currently produced, that source added. µ