Have Nvidia Been Bribing System Integrators To Use Their Hardware Exclusively?

/ 6 years ago

NVIDIA and Origin PC have both been accused by SemiAccurate of some possible anti-trust dealings. Origin PC a large custom computer retailer, has been accused of being bribed by NVIDIA in order to drop AMD Graphic Processing Units from their lineup.

According to Engadget

“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.”

I wanted to do my own research, so I contacted Origin PC chat support. They told me that I could find all of the answers to my questions in two different sources; not offering me one official Origin PC source. Both of which had interviews with Kevin Wasielewski, CEO and Co-Founder of Origin PC.

Their first source was from Neowin.net. John Callaham of Neowin, interviewed Wasielewski and gave a Q&A style interview, covering several different areas of dropping AMD GPU’s.

Their second source was from GameFront. Devin Connors of GameFront is a bit more straight to the point, asking two very specific questions.

Devin Connors: Has Origin PC received any incentive, cash or otherwise, from Nvidia that led to the discontinuation of AMD GPU sales by Origin PC?
Kevin Wasielewski: No. In fact, I called my NVIDIA rep and told them I am dropping AMD. Not the other way around.

DC: Did SemiAccurate reach out to you for comment before they published their article today?
KW: They did not reach out to me. No calls, emails, or tweets.

What are your thoughts about AMD graphics cards give us the good and the bad.  Do you think that Origin PC was bribed or even took a bribe to drop AMD from their GPU lineup? 

Image courtesy of OriginPC.com

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6 Responses to “Have Nvidia Been Bribing System Integrators To Use Their Hardware Exclusively?”
  1. Devin Morris says:

    no amd GPU guess i won’t ever get a Origin pc

  2. Seb Ferraro says:

    Not really a problem, people will still buy them…

  3. Anders says:

    Its relay weird. Its Nvidia that’s been having problems. To hot and burned gpu, failed fans etc. This smells funny.

  4. Matti Alexander Christensen says:

    it wouldnt be the first time nvidia played dirty, so its not hard for me to believe. but there is no actual proof, so unless someone finds some, this is just a rumor.

  5. tzaar0723 says:

    Your first mistake – using SemiAccurate for anything. That site generates hits with half-assed rumors and speculation, with little to no basis in fact or reality.

    Your second mistake – contacting chat support for a solid answer and actually expecting one. Who expects customer service reps to have that sort of information? That would be way above their paygrade.

    Both AMD and nVidia provide incentives (and always have) for system integrators, whether it be bulk discounts or corporate rebates for using their products. It makes little or no sense to completely alienate one or the other of those companies without good reason, and the answers provided (to other sites) by the CEO of Origin PC seem pretty straightforward to me.

  6. Notyard says:

    Wasn’t Origin PC an AMD partner for Mass Luminosity’s giveaways?

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