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No more "Designed by Nvidia" mobos

No more "Designed by Nvidia" mobos

Nvidia says there will be no more "Designed by Nvidia" motherboards but standardised boards will still continue.

Consumers whose motherboard purchasing decision are influenced by the "Designed by Nvidia" moniker will need to start reading more of our motherboard reviews now. Nvidia has decided to quietly scrap the marketing scheme.

"Designed by Nvidia" motherboards were introduced to manufacturers to assist in saving costs by helping companies with limited research resources and funding launch new product lines faster then they would previously. Manufacturing companies with larger resources are able to add any additional features to the motherboard in order to help stand out in the market.

Drew Henry, general manager of MCP business at Nvidia, cited confusion among motherboard makers as the primary reason for scrapping the marketing moniker. Nvidia will continue to push standardised motherboards to makers so there is no need to worry about there not being any more nForce boards.

Very few people will probably even notice the departure of the "Designed by Nvidia" logo on the box of the boards.

Was your favourite nForce motherboard "Designed by Nvidia" or was it designed by another company? Tell us your thoughts on the dismissal of the moniker over in the forums.

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gvblake22 12th September 2007, 13:50 Quote
To be honest, I didn't even realize nForce boards had a "Designed by nVidia" banner on them. Only seems logical that a board based on an nVidia chipset is designed by nVidia... :|
Mankz 12th September 2007, 13:52 Quote
Does that mean that there won't be a huge number of referance boards when a new chipset comes out?

cough**680i**cough
DXR_13KE 12th September 2007, 13:57 Quote
i think this will be for the best, the latest nvidia chip had very few variations of its design.
Redbeaver 12th September 2007, 14:29 Quote
the only good thing that *might* come over this is when new revision boards are out, we can use the log to differentiate between the revision off retailers/e-tailers... new one doesnt have the logo, old one does.
Bluephoenix 12th September 2007, 15:22 Quote
Probably a good thing, as all the best 680i boards were third-party designs (Asus Striker 4TW!!)
completemadness 12th September 2007, 22:05 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by gvblake22
To be honest, I didn't even realize nForce boards had a "Designed by nVidia" banner on them. Only seems logical that a board based on an nVidia chipset is designed by nVidia...
I don't think its really that logical

nVidia make the chipsets, they have a pinout reference, but how you implement that, and how you make all the rest of the motherboard doenst rely on the chipset
They only make a reference board so that mfr's can get to market faster, its a lot quicker to use a reference design then have to design your own (and cheaper)
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Originally Posted by Mankz.
Does that mean that there won't be a huge number of referance boards when a new chipset comes out?
I dont think anything has changed with reference boards, you just wont put a logo on it anymore
Quote:
cough**680i**cough
I dont know what was special about the 680i, but most of the motherboards since the nf2 have been pretty much all the reference design
Hell all the NF4 boards have the same problem with the chipset being under the gfx card
Jodiuh 13th September 2007, 15:17 Quote
Yeah, I'm a bit unclear. The logo or NV actually handing out reference designs will go away?
naokaji 13th September 2007, 15:21 Quote
there will still be reference designs, nvidia will just stop marketing them for end users...

so you will have to look at the mainboard layout to see its reference layout and there wont be a sticker to tell you.
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