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One of my clients has an nVidia GeForce 9600 GT card (based on an nVidia G94 core) and it doesn’t like doing its job anymore.  Lo and behold, there’s a lot more to it than that: nVidia’s had a very bad track record for in-field failures recently, and we’re investigating the possibility that her card failure is related to this trend.  Boy, did we dig up a mess…

It turns out that nVidia’s entire G8x series of cores has problems, but what is more shocking is that vendors are issuing “fixes” that are only intended to delay chip failure until the end of the chip’s warranty period.  It amazes me that any OEM or vendor would actively work to prolong the life of a product until the warranty period was over, THEN let it fail!  How outrageous is that?!  I’m not particularly happy about the reputation that nVidia is bringing about, either: they’re cranking out the little white lies left and right, and it’s catching up with them.


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