One of the more unusual and persistent rumours around the industry over the past few days concerns a complete recall of all nVidia's new 600 series graphic cards. Apart from this rumour, the launch seems to have gone swimmingly well. KitGuru splits a coconut in half and sticks one half on the ground to hear what hooves may be heard in the distance.
Some issues are easy to trap/spot. Example? You are about to drink some milk, when you suddenly realise that it smells like yoghurt.
Other issues can be harder to spot. Probably the most complicated technology issue of all is when someone says to you, “You do realise that performance will degrade with time?”
Unless you have a time machine, there is no way to ascertain if this is true (outside a specialist lab).
Over the past couple of days, a bunch of smaller web sites (largely in the Far East), have been pushing a rumour that nVidia will need to issues a total recall on 600 series graphic cards, because the Kepler technology – built on wafers supplied by TSMC – will suffer long term degradation in terms of performance.
When Anton Shilov from X-Bit Labs approached Bryan Del Rizzo, there was a firm/flat denial.
So, there you have it, nVidia's key spokesman for the press has spoken and gone on record to say that there are no issues whatsoever with the GTX 600/Kepler series.
KitGuru says: One of the reasons why this has carried so far, is that the original (un-named) source, was supposed to have been inside TSMC – the company that makes the graphics processors for nVidia and AMD. There is nothing to this recall rumour, says nVidia, and anyone buying a GTX600 will enjoy a long life of fast action gaming.
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