The Inq has posted up another story about faulty NVIDIA graphics cards and this time around they are making a big claim. They are saying that the Geforce 8800GT, 8800GTS, 8800GS, mobile 8800’s, most of the 9800 suffixes, and a few 9600 models are all failing at a higher than normal rate. They go on to say that all G92 and G94 variants are susceptible to the same problem – basically they are all defective. They don’t give any specific details on the problem and some of their readers have commented on this. One reader left the comment; “I’ve been reading these articles with some interest but now your articles are starting to read like a vendetta [against NVIDIA]”. We’ll see what our research can dig up and post an update later today.
A little digging revealed what this, and more, is all about, and it’s far uglier than just the ‘notebook’ version. It seems that four board partners are seeing G92 and G94 chips going bad in the field at high rates. If you know what failures look like statistically, they follow a Poisson distribution, aka a bell curve. The failures start out small, and ramp up quickly – very quickly. If you know what you are looking for, you can catch the signs early on. From the sound of the backchannel grumblings, the failures have been flagged already, and NV isn’t playing nice with their partners.