Nvidia has warned that its revenue will fall sharply below previous estimates due to collapsing demand from end-users and PC makers in the global recession. The graphics chip maker now expects to report a decline in its fiscal fourth quarter sales of between 40 and 50 per cent compared to the previous quarter. Based on its third …
And I'm sure the massive write off on defective chipsets from the past year don't help either.
But then an economic downturn is the best time to write off stuff like that when everyone else is posting poor results.
I see three big factors for lower sales
1) Economy. Really, people would overlook the other 2 when they didn't mind spending a few extra bucks, but well... now they do.
2) "Casual games". I don't know if there's more actual casual games than there used to be (I think there are) but there's certainly more awareness of them... there's still going to be games that push the graphics to the limits, but there seem to be a lot more games that basically have "good enough" graphics and focus on the fun and gameplay instead. This will lower sales, gamers may think twice about whether it's worth spending cash on a new video card just to play a few extra games.
3) Moore's law. Any more, even some crap on-board video chipset is good enough to play some reasonable fraction of the graphically intensive games and plenty to do everything else. The days of the "Intel Non-Extreme graphics" (I810 for instance, which barely seemed to handle a 3D screensaver) are past*.
*In most cases. I guess some file and compute servers and the like still come with oddball video chips, figuring the machine will either be headless most of the time or have a Quadro dropped in for serious 3D work.
Did they really expect people to upgrade their graphics card every three months for ever?
im not suprised
I Tried to buy a iCore 7 System with 4 gig of ram and 2X nvidia 280 GTX just after christmas and lo and behold I didnt get the credit cause i have 3 dependants.
What a shocker !
And people wonder that the end user isnt buying shit its cause we cant get the f'ing credit !
i would be more than happy to pay over the next 3 years for that system.
But i refuse to buy a half cocked computer that would need replacing in 7 months i need something that will last !!