Originally Posted by sdlvx
I'm definitely not saying it's Nvidia's fault. It's a good thing it was brought to light and that AMD is fixing it. However it's very probably that Nvidia had known about Crossfire frame time issues for a very, very long time. There is no way they haven't bought AMD and ATI cards and ran their own tests on them.
You are missing the point. I'm not blaming Nvidia for anything. The only thing sketchy about what they did was that they waited for the time to release FCAT and such, and even then that's just how it goes. It's not like it's going to kill off AMD.
It was a very good move by Nvidia and it worked. That's the bottom line, not sure what's so hard to understand. Do you really think Nvidia developed FCAT and such and then around March they finally decided to test it on an AMD card and then instantly went public with it? That's a huge card to play if you ever need to play it, it'd be completely foolish to drop it as soon as you got it.
Your conspiracy theory has one major flaw: If NVIDIA had been holding onto FCAT for a more opportune time as you claim, then why did they unleash it at a time that wasn't optimal in terms of damaging AMD's sales?
The 7970 and 7950 were out a full year
before FCAT hit the scene, during which time quite a few people bought two or more for CFX purposes. Why didn't NVIDIA press the offensive shortly after their launch in January 2012, or when the 680 launched in March 2012?
The concept of NVIDIA holding on to their one big weapon and then electing to fire it so late into the 7xxx product cycle makes absolutely no sense, especially since dual-GPU cards don't sell in nearly enough numbers to justify wasting FCAT solely on defeating the 7990. If they had chosen to hold on for that long already, they should've kept on waiting until AMD's next cycle (9000 series?) were to come out for maximum damage.
In contrast, I believe that the simpler explanation is that FCAT was released as soon as it was ready for consumption by reviewers, and no later. Releasing it ASAP meant that it negatively impacted AMD's market share right away
, which is important when it comes to publicly-traded companies operating in what amounts to a zero-sum market.
Seeing that it will have been almost half a year after that for CFX to get fixed (assuming that the promised July 31st release actually comes in on time and fully functioning), its lack of optimum timing didn't hurt NVIDIA's best-case scenario too much.Edited by svenge - 7/4/13 at 6:27pm