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Old 13th November, 2006, 02:52 AM
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nVidia making their own motherboards?

HKEPC is reporting that nVidia are preparing to release a mobo product line for the nForce 680i chipset.

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Old 13th November, 2006, 10:43 AM
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so will this make nvidia like a real mobo manufacturer. maybe they don't like what the other companies have done with the nforce chipsets in the past.
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Old 13th November, 2006, 11:53 AM
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Or that they've stumped up the money for the intel license to build motherboard.
Its why you haven't seen nvidia or via reference boards because intel want moolah to make mobo's for there chips. I believe only ati(amd) have coughed up the money so far maybe sis as well
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Or they've cut a cross-licensing deal with Intel so that they CAN make Intel compatible mobos. In any case, that's a good point you raise, Keith.
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Old 16th November, 2006, 09:00 PM
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According to the article, Nvidia won't actually be building mainboards. I find this a bit misleading.
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Old 16th November, 2006, 09:20 PM
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"To lower the cost as well as shorten the time to make the products be available, NVIDIA has a plan on providing high-end motherboards manufactured by NVIDIA itself to manufacturers such that they can sell the boards under its brand."

That seems pretty clear to me. Or am I misunderstanding something?
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Old 16th November, 2006, 10:29 PM
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It is confusing. The article is written in poor English. It does not even mention where this production plant will be built.

Why would nVidia manufacture boards and then sell them to other board manufacturers? What would a manufacturer actually do with boards which have already been made? Just print their name on them?

I'm not saying this isn't what's happening, I just don't understand exactly what it is that they're doing.

I can see that nVidia understands its own new and complex products better, and can get off to a faster start when designing boards.
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AIUI, nVidia and ATI both are already doing something like this now, with their video cards. At least that's what the article says.

I suppose it is possible that what they are actually talking about is that nVidia will make reference mobo designs, the way they do with the video cards. For example, I believe the Saphire 7900 GS is just nVidia's reference design, remanufactured by Saphire's board house. That actually would make more sense than nVidia actually being in the mobo business.
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Yes, that would make more sense, and I can see how that will cut costs. The cost of the design would be shared by them all.
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So effectively making a reference design and forcing people to pretty much stick with it as they will do a bundle deal of all the components required to make the mobo (like with the gpu boards you nvidia sell the gpu, and ram etc together) leaving the only scope for difference to be different colour pcb's and different coolers on the chipsets.

It would solve compatibility issues and allow chipsets to be more optimised as everything will be identical across all boards
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Not exactly.

OEMs are still free to design their own mobos, just as they are free to do now with the graphics cards. It's just that if they don't want to (or can't) invest the engineering time and expertise to build their own, they can take the reference design and build it. That would also theoretically give them a time-to-market advantage, if nVidia release the reference design at the same time they release the chipset.
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This makes good sense. Quite a few Vidcards follow the reference design from Nvidia, and why not?
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It is very rare to see anything but the reference design these days with the exception of sometimes different coolers or colour of pcb's they're all the same.
As i said before they both like to bundle most of the components together to make more of a profit themselves, and price out makers from doing somthing different.

It would be interesting to see what someone could do if a chipset was designed for one board layout only as to how much they could optimise things
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