THE NVIDIA IMPLOSION continues, and this time it is not a crusty old product but their top-of-the-line 790i chipset products that are vanishing from manufacturers lineups. They went *poof* from DFI, Foxconn and Gigabyte.
In case you have been living under a rock lately, Nvidia GPUs and chipsets have been crapping out at an amazingly high rate of speed. You can read about it here and here and here and here and here if you are really bored. The executive summary is that Nvidia has a massive batch of bad chips and the first ones to go bad are in laptops, but the problem is by no means confined to those machines.
Now comes word that their high-end desktop mobo, famous for rumored data corruption problems, is being silently killed. The three companies mentioned above have pulled the boards from their product pages without so much as a footnote. The pages for Foxconn and Gigabyte look like this, note the lack of high end NV parts. (Apologies in advance for the formatting).
The Foxconn web page
The Gigabyte page
It is pretty clear, chipsets since the extremely marginal 680i are gone without explanation. Asus still has them listed, and for sale, as do EVGA and XFX, but the rest seem to be gone. Newegg and other sites which we quickly checked back it up, the boards are gone from most vendors' inventories.
This brings into question Nvidia's official statement about its problems being confined to a few laptop parts. We know it is a line of bull, but they persist in saying it anyway, go figure. One maker pulling it silently is an oddity, most of them is a big problem.
In any case, most mobo makers pulling finished and released designs is basically the death knell for a part. If you really want one, grab one now, because they won't be around for much longer.
Just don't expect it to have a long life. µ
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