I think there's a misunderstanding here, AIB partners of this program CANNOT create new brands for Radeon cards nor can they sell Radeon cards in a Laptop or OEM package. Or they go against this GPP. That's how Anti-Competitive this is.
That's explicitly the opposite of what Nvidia told us, Nvidia have gone on record with us saying partners can create as many gaming brands as they like.
You've commented on this story a lot, so please do get in touch via email if you do have evidence that is not the case. My contact details are in the About section of the site. We haven't heard this from AIBs so if you can get us the evidence that would be great.
Most of your posts are in defense of this BS Nvidia program. Seriously, this program is NO GOOD. This ain't an opinion, its based on Hard Facts that are none disputable. Yet you continue to claim the program is simply fine. Seriously? R U getting paid by Nvidia or something, its ruining your credibility.
You need to look at this objectively, taking no sides. Nvidia has 70% of the GPU market. Yet they come out with this very strong Anti-Competition Strategy.
At the time of writing this, Nvidia and this BS program is under investigation.
No, not getting paid by anyone. I just haven't seen any of the hard facts you have, and the only people who have been willing to talk to us on the subject have been Nvidia.
Obviously if they are lying directly to us, having given us their official clarification, then that is bad. If you have incontrovertible evidence which says they're lying please do send it to us.
As I mentioned above, the docs and contracts will be under strict NDA with the companies themselves and we're not going to be given them, nor would we be able to publish them for the public.
Affiliate programs themselves are not unusual, and will always involve contracts between the parties entering into the agreement. That's especially true when you're talking about this sort of traditional financial marketing assistance being given to the partners.
Yes, Nvidia are trying to control the subsequent branding of their own GPUs, but from what I've been told they're not doing it to the total exclusion of the competition. And certainly not in any way that's likely to affect consumer choice.
I do totally get that it'd be a more juicy story if there were some antitrust activities being posited, but they'd be crazy to try it after what's been going on with AMD and Intel, and their billion dollar payout. What I've written above isn't an opinion based on personal optimism about the program, it's based on my talking to the people involved in it. It's also not based on any personal bias - as a long-time tech journo I'm in the privileged position of being able to use AMD, Nvidia, and Intel hardware depending on which performs best for my needs ;)
Unfortunately, like the HardOCP piece, I'm not able to reveal my sources, but I'm hoping they'll soon be as explicit publicly as they have been to me.
Obviously you can choose to believe that I am making this up, but I can assure you it's based on doing some digging into it myself. Of course the folk involved could be lying directly to us, but they've always been very straight with me.
This nonsense Nvidia program chokes consumer choice by Anti-Competition. By Nvidia coming out with this BS, they are now officially support Anti-PC Gaming.
This program chokes competition and the results is no more Radeon cards inside Laptops, Notebooks, OEM's and so on.
I hope Nvidia gets hit hard by the Fair Trade Commission. In Asia, N.America & Europe. And I encourage everybody to BOYCOTT Nvidia GPU's and any AIB that signed up for this nonsense.