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NVidia 6800 GPU delays 30-inch Apple Cinema Display

updated 03:00 pm EDT, Tue September 7, 2004

30\" Cinema Display delayed

Following reports of in the NVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra DDL Graphics Card Stand-Alone Kit, offering a substitution (ATI Radeon 9600 XT) until the card begins shipping in mid-September. Apple also notes that the $600 card will block the adjacent PCI slot, reducing the number of available PCI slots available to users.




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  1. PookJP

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Anyone else hear that?

    It sounded like a semi-bald man's head exploding.

  1. jedi1yoda1

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    truth

    The sad thing is that while this may reflect some on NVidia, Apple will get the rotten end of this. You watch.

    ATI should get a card going.

  1. OsakaBill

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    On Its Own

    May it is time Apple started designing and building its own chips and cards. First, Motorola screws over Apple with the G4. The IBM screws over Apple with the G5. Now nVidia is s******* over Apple with this video card. If Apple built its own chips and cards, they would only have themselves to blame.

  1. macimmortal

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Maybe?

    Maybe it's time Apple had STOCK ready to SHIP before announcing things. I'm sick of this c***.

  1. crayola

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    hmmm...

    i don't get it. shouldn't all this have been worked out before apple announced the 30" display?

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: Maybe?/Hmmm...

    ...unfortunate example of recurring 'ship & tell' business practices - not having enough stock to ship is one thing - but not having a working prototype would seem fraudulent misrepresentation (all lawyers take note - 4 billion in cash waiting for your class lawsuit) - go ahead & 'think different' all you want - esp all the Mac zealot/lemmings - Apple has just lied to us all over YET AGAIN!!

    Lest we forget .mac email, etc...

  1. suhail

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: RE: Maybe?/Hmmm…

    "but not having a working prototype would seem fraudulent misrepresentation"

    The Apple Stores already have the 30" inches running on Dual G5s for Demo

  1. wymer100

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    nvidia

    Nvida only designs the graphics chip but doesn't actually produce the chips or the graphics cards. I believe that the chip is being done by IBM at the same facility that's making the 970 chips for Apple. I'm not sure who is making the graphics cards. Considering that 6800 ultra cards are not really broadly available on the PC side, this wasn't a shocking delay.

    Certainly, Apple should start having increased inventory when they announce products. But since Apple doesn't produce every part needed for their products, they have to rely on the promises of their parts suppliers, eg IBM, Motorola, etc. These parts suppliers can't always deliver in Apple's timeframe. Is Apple good at jumping-the-gun in announcing new products? Sure. But, it's also not always their faults that their suppliers can run into problems.

    There is also the issue of demand. This issue is particularly true with the iPod and iPod mini. They simply can't make enough of those small harddrives to keep up with demand. It certainly sticks from a profit point of view, but it's a nice problem to have.

    Apple should definitely *not* get into the chip design business. Leave that to the IBMs of the world who have the resources and knowledge to get this done. Plus, this generates broader appeal for the chip which is always a good thing.

  1. tontondavid10

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    I'm no business school..

    ...student, but it would make sense to me to have stock enough to cover at least the first month of expected sales ready before making the product available for retail. If this is common practice then Apple is either not following it or is seriously underestimating its selling power.

  1. macimmortal

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: I'm no business...

    Amen. Most people in charge of IT can't afford to make decisions on vaporware. Some of us need CONSISTENT and RELIABLE supply chains. I'm sure there are some people that can tell their boss, "yea man, but Apple stuff is da bomb...we can keep that new division without computers a bit longer (translation: 6-12 weeks) because Macs are worth the wait!"
    Most of us would have our heads handed back to us on a platter.

    Apple will never be taken seriously in the business world with these types of supply problems. Apple can tell me all they want to that they are working to provide adequate amounts of their products into ALL of their retail channels. I'll believe it when the freakin product ships in QUANTITY on the promised date.

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