So with this in mind SemiAccurate did some calling around and the answers probably won’t surprise you. Multiple sources all said the same thing, a certain Nvidia marketing person, they all called him Bryan for no particular reason, has been calling around to all the Tier 3++ gaming PC makers offering large dollops of funding to dump AMD GPUs or so the story goes. Multiple SemiAccurate sources say this number is in the six digit range, several gave exact figures but asked us not to publish them. This isn’t direct cash payments but more towards MDF funding, product discounts, and other quasi-legal kickbacks that are directly tied to and based on sales volume of AMD GPUs. More details were given to SemiAccurate but we were asked not to publish the exact terms to protect our sources.
Talk about desperate. Fantard número uno, sharikou, surfaces from the sewers to make a fool of himself. So did NVDA pay Apple to dump AMD GPUs from all high volume lines? Did Apple say AMD drivers suck just to humor NVDA? Why did Origin cite customer complaints and #$%$ service as the reason for its move? If it were merely a matter of MDF funds, Origin would simply talk up NVDA GPUs. Typically when an OEM goes to the trouble of slamming a vendor, the vendor earned it. Just ask Cray what kind of supplier AMD is.