Nvidia moves into direct card sales

HardOCP is reporting that nVidia has started to release self-built nVidia graphics cards. This comes after years of the company licensing its graphics technology out to third party manufacturers such as Asus to build the cards for them.

Rumors about nVidia creating their own cards have been flying around for a few years now, but Best Buy is now partnering with nVidia to sell the cards directly, and they're even available now, due to some Best Buy stores jumping the gun on the release. HardOCP explained to nVidia that they had bought a nVidia branded card from Best Buy on Monday, October 4, who responded that they "did not expect that," but later came back saying:

NVIDIA and Best Buy are working together to offer PC customers the opportunity to experience firsthand the latest in PC technologies right inside Best Buy stores. As part of this broad initiative, NVIDIA is supplying to Best Buy specific GeForce models built and supported by NVIDIA. These products will only be available at Best Buy and will complement GeForce products from our partners. We will provide more details on this next week.

HardOCP says that the graphics cards are manufactured in China by Foxconn. The cards run at stock speeds, and come with a generous 3 year warranty. As previously mentioned, nVidia has yet to make an official release or statement on the matter, and we'll know more about the deal next week.

Thanks to Yxz for tipping us on the forums!

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I won't congratulate them because, well, it was about time.
They should have total control of the market with their cards, not give that to companies like ASUS, etc. and the only way was to actually be the direct supplier. Now, may the costs diminish and the quality augment

PsykX said,
I won't congratulate them because, well, it was about time.
They should have total control of the market with their cards, not give that to companies like ASUS, etc. and the only way was to actually be the direct supplier. Now, may the costs diminish and the quality augment

what? the difference between these cards and AIB partners is the support and warranty. there isn't much ddifference ebetween these and a asus card overall, but vs a an evga card??? lolz

Edrick Smith said,
I was excited until they said made by Foxconn in China. When will these manufacturers learn?
welcome to the 21st century where every electronics device you own is made in china.

treemonster said,
welcome to the 21st century where every electronics device you own is made in china.

Intel cpu's are made in America and Germany still. So not everything.

Digitalx said,
eh ? aren't these just BFG's stock being moved under nvidia name

Well basically as far as I know there are like 2-3 Mfg's of the cards, and Foxconn is the largest, and most of the "Brand Names" are made by Foxconn.... Including the ones sold in OEM system such as Dell and Alienware.

It SHOULD mean better products at better prices, but I'd hold off on being the pioneer on this one. Best Buy has a wonderful reputation of screwing it's customers by selling overpriced and at times inferior quality products ($30 PS3 firmware "upgrade" come to mind as of late). Unless it comes with an iron clad 90 day return policy, I wouldn't give it a second thought. Oh and fanboys cant suck it, Best Buy blows.

babyHacker said,
That's a service. Yes, have you called a plumber lately?

Yes i know that knucklehead, but it shows Best Buy's mentality when it comes to it's customers. Sort of like if you make stupid statements in this forum, odds are you make just as many elsewhere ;-)

treemonster said,
it looks like they ninja edited it lolz. wish i caught that one.

Hmm... your comment is 2 minutes ago, his is 2 hours ago... the ninja had a really big amount of time to make his edit