arkantos wrote:I am certain this is an April fools stab!! "...fermented launch..." c'mon let's get honest!
Nah it's a real product... Petunia has been shown off at CeBIT 2010 and has been in the works for many months... XFX used words like Fermented as some bad blood is going on between NVIDIA and XFX right now. XFX says they didn't want to carry GTX470/GTX480, but others in the industry say NVIDIA won't let them carry the cards. I contacted NVIDIA for comment and of course got no response or reply to any of my calls or e-mails, so something is up between the two.
I wonder if this was because of XFX's warranties? My guess is Nvidia cannot sell XFX the speed bins they need for their overclocked cards and XFX (rightly so) won't put in the extra resources to do all the testing NV have been doing with previous generations. So if NV themselves won't provide higher speed bins, what are the chances of the likes of XFX getting good yeilds from cards they speed bin themselves?
Nvidia can't keep up with the demand for standard skew cards, nevermind providing ones that will safely overclock without the need to pump extra voltages and require water cooling.
I have no evidence to back this up, but it does make sense.
Both companies are out to make money and sell GFX cards and in todays economic climate no-one can give up potential sales just because of some bad blood.
(Although Nvidia are the one company who would/could do such a thing; but I doubt it)