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The competition between Advanced Micro Devices and Nvidia Corp. spans significantly outside graphics cards business alone. Both companies compete not only for customers, but also for game/software developers, add-in-card suppliers, video game tournaments and even PC builders. Traditionally, system makers tended to offer both AMD Radeon and Nvidia GeForce to their customers, but this time Nvidia managed to become an exclusive supplier to Origin PC, a boutique system builder.

Just days after AMD introduced its new breed of graphics cards as well as all-new Radeon R9 290 and 290X graphics boards based on its latest graphics processing unit, Origin PC announced that due to persistent stability issues with AMD Radeon products it would offer personal computers only with Nvidia GeForce graphics adapters inside. Ironically, this happens just weeks before a new breed of games that were designed to run on AMD GCN [graphics core next] hardware, which powers Microsoft Xbox Next and Sony PlayStation 4 game consoles, are set to be released.

“This decision was based on a combination of many factors including customer experiences, GPU performance/drivers/stability, and requests from our support staff. Based on our 15+ years of experience building and selling award winning high-performance PCs, we strongly feel the best PC gaming experience is on Nvidia GPUs,” said Kevin Wasielewski, co-founder and CEO of Origin PC, reports Maximum PC web-site.

Both AMD and Nvidia try hard to ensure the best experience with their graphics hardware, but both companies have run into issues historically. Nvidia GeForce graphics chips overheated back in 2008, whereas multi-GPU setups featuring multiple AMD Radeon graphics cards rendered images with a higher latency than it was needed.

At present Origin PC’s web-site does not contain a single mention of AMD Radeon graphics cards. It is unclear whether the company has received any incentives to become Nvidia-exclusive supplier, but usually companies do get benefits from similar moves since they naturally lose parts of their businesses and addressable markets.

“Primarily the overall issues have been stability of the cards, overheating, performance, scaling, and the amount of time to receive new drivers on both desktop and mobile GPUs. We have also seen a high percentage of failures on AMD cards in the field within the first few months. Even after replacing with multiple AMD cards the failures continued. Switching these same exact customers to Nvidia resulted in fixing these failures and therefore obviously a much more positive customer experience,” said Alvaro Masis, a technical support manager for Origin PC.

Tags: Origin, Origin PC, AMD, Radeon, GCN, Nvidia, Geforce, CrossFireX, CrossFire, SLI, Kepler

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Well, as it turns out Nvidia bribed Origin PC with a six figure sum not to use AMD graphics cards, taking a leaf straight out of Intel's book of how to build and maintain a market monopoly. In terms of a future corporate merger, Intel and Nvidia make an excellent fit. The amusing thing is that Origin PC got a dud deal compared to other recipient companies of the same bribes.
15 8 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 10/08/13 05:15:48 PM]
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if all it took as a pathetic 6 figures, origin will be out of business soon.
6 3 [Posted by: amdzorz  | Date: 10/08/13 07:11:56 PM]
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Origin is a boutique builder, they only ship a few thousand units a year.
0 2 [Posted by: dinosore  | Date: 10/09/13 12:43:10 AM]
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Agreed,,, actually thease all nvidia's foolish stunts clearing one thing i.e. nvidia is feared badly that they can't sleep..why should anyone buy nvidia dx11 gpu when we hv much better amd dx 11.2 gpu(kepler is dx11 on hw and dx 11.1 via software tricks while new gcn is dx 11.2 out of the box)
Mantle is hot topic everyone talking about that,,,,,my intrest is in different area i.e. hawaii gpu's fp64 performance my math say it will hv around 1408 GFlops fp64 performance clearly beating nvidia's best gpu tesla k20X GK110(1310 GFlops).nvidia should worry about this seriously.
Nvidia plz stop foolish stunts amd is all set to snatch ur moneymaking market so plz do something.
10 3 [Posted by: mudi1  | Date: 10/08/13 10:18:25 PM]
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The owner of Origin PC did not get any bribes from nVidia. It was the owner of Origin PC decision to only use nVidia. In the past that I own ATI cards, they are not reliable and stable. It is still the same for AMD graphics. Sure you get all those features, but at high cost of poor reliability and stability. Read the following article for more information.

http://hothardware.com/Ne...gin-PC-Dropping-AMD-GPUs/
1 3 [Posted by: tecknurd  | Date: 10/09/13 05:54:36 PM]
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Oh Really? So, Microsoft and SONY put all their future in console business on a company that it's products are unreliable and unstable. Right? You are funny.
4 3 [Posted by: john_gre  | Date: 10/09/13 06:25:02 PM]
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0 3 [Posted by: fanboyslayer  | Date: 10/09/13 07:52:09 PM]
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Based on what i see online, with people asking for support with gfx cards, troubles are split fairly even between NVidia and AMD right now, making their explanation suspect to say the least.
11 4 [Posted by: DIREWOLF75  | Date: 10/08/13 05:27:10 PM]
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I don't get the whole thing with those brand gaming systems, I always prefer to custom build my gaming rig, adjusting the parts in my needs and my money.

I will not hesitate to pick nvidia or amd if their card fit my needs and budget at all, neither intel or amd on the cpu side.
I know for example an i7 is the cream of the crop in the consumer world but if a way cheaper amd 8320 can do the job close enough in gaming, I will pick the later.
Same with the gpu.
7 2 [Posted by: nitro912gr  | Date: 10/08/13 05:38:22 PM]
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Definitely the smart way to go! For budget conscious people, it’s all about value for your money. A powerful computer serves none if you can’t afford games nor apps afterwards.
5 0 [Posted by: MHudon  | Date: 10/08/13 07:44:05 PM]
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BTW, who the fu%k is Origin and who cares about it? If it was their decision that would be the last one... And yes, WE need competition for healthy products and open market.
10 2 [Posted by: Rares  | Date: 10/08/13 05:42:30 PM]
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It's the illegal corporate behaviour of the bribing and kickbacks that matters.
1 0 [Posted by: fanboyslayer  | Date: 10/09/13 12:27:39 PM]
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Nvidia should stop this unethical practice or be ready to face serious antitrust
8 2 [Posted by: mudi1  | Date: 10/08/13 06:05:51 PM]
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2 8 [Posted by: amdzorz  | Date: 10/08/13 07:11:14 PM]
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We all know about the oldest profession in this wolrd, but the oldest form of art, I think that must be the art of briberies. Nope, this is not about to stop.

But like others say, who gives a fu%k about Origin!
6 0 [Posted by: MHudon  | Date: 10/08/13 07:51:07 PM]
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Indeed.. for 1500$ plus, get on google and build your own amazing box.
4 0 [Posted by: amdzorz  | Date: 10/08/13 07:59:04 PM]
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Buddy actually world's oldest business is not bribe its paidsex.
5 2 [Posted by: mudi1  | Date: 10/08/13 10:23:10 PM]
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Paying for sex is bribery ....
0 0 [Posted by: caring1  | Date: 10/10/13 08:38:07 AM]
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I doubt Origin's three customers will not notice any difference...
10 1 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 10/08/13 06:15:03 PM]
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Was this really even news-worthy?
6 2 [Posted by: Astral Abyss  | Date: 10/08/13 06:51:20 PM]
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Corruption is always newsworthy.
1 0 [Posted by: fanboyslayer  | Date: 10/09/13 12:28:50 PM]
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Not sure when NOT SELLING started to make more sense than SELLING, to anyone.
8 0 [Posted by: Martin Krenčey  | Date: 10/08/13 07:35:48 PM]
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My friend, you earned the award "Question of the day".You beat fair and square the "Who The FooKK is Origin?" Good point.Also check on SemiAccurate.
4 0 [Posted by: mosu  | Date: 10/09/13 12:33:58 AM]
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Wow this is devastating Origin sells what like 20-25 PC's a year? Big loss people big loss
4 2 [Posted by: redeemer  | Date: 10/08/13 11:55:10 PM]
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You missed the point if you had read the comments. Thumbs down for lack of attention.
0 1 [Posted by: fanboyslayer  | Date: 10/09/13 12:29:43 PM]
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LOL. This Back-Fired on Nvidia badly, as Origin Hardware at-least got some Marketing out off it, whereas Nvidia got nothing but bad publicity.
3 0 [Posted by: keysplayer  | Date: 10/09/13 12:54:27 AM]
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Pros go Nvidia 80+%. That says it all.
1 1 [Posted by: beck2448  | Date: 10/09/13 05:15:36 PM]
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Who are Origin?................

...............................Nevermind. Who cares?
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0 0 [Posted by: john_gre  | Date: 10/09/13 06:20:21 PM]
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dont' care whatever origin choose, i don't even know "what" is origin in this article, all i know is EA's origin lol, i will choose whoever give best performance with lowest value
2 1 [Posted by: roronoa182  | Date: 10/09/13 07:01:11 PM]
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0 3 [Posted by: fanboyslayer  | Date: 10/09/13 08:01:37 PM]
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yeah and i found another complete idiot, who cares about Origin? whatever they do, legal or illegal, customer will prefer whoever give more satisfaction (performance, money, etc), and actually i think this origin has the right to decide, what's so illegal 'bout that?, this is their (maker) choice, just like sapphire choose AMD not nVidia. and coz' this Origin is so unknown to people, this news do not effect customer choice.
1 0 [Posted by: roronoa182  | Date: 10/11/13 07:42:13 PM]
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Valve's prototype Steam Machines skip AMD for Nvidia.
So there is another company added to their monopoly list.
"In an interesting twist, all of the Steam Machines use an Intel CPU and an Nvidia-based graphics card, not AMD’s CPUs and GPUs. Valve’s announcement comes as Origin PC, a boutique PC maker, also said Friday that it will shift entirely to Nvidia GPUs"
0 1 [Posted by: caring1  | Date: 10/10/13 08:49:59 AM]
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Then I have no choise but to dump Origin
0 0 [Posted by: elkabong  | Date: 10/11/13 06:03:56 AM]
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