A sharp eyed reader over at extreme overclocking forums noted that ATi has slashed its warranty period for all products from as much as 5 years to 1, effective from August 31st 2005. This means if you purchased your (video)card before August 31st you will still retain the standard 3 year warranty that was present on the top level cards.
While NVidia in co-operation with XFX has started offering lifetime and double lifetime warranties on it's selected ranges of cards, one has to wonder how this helps ATi win customers to its own product range.
The new conditions state: "ATI warrants to the original purchaser of the hardware product, that the product is free from defects in materials or workmanship under normal use and service for a period of one (1) year from the date of purchase at retail." this applies to all videocards, while workstation products retain a 3 year warranty.
Good going ATi.
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