Popular graphics card maker EVGA is parting ways with Nvidia in a messy split

A lone EVGA GPU sits on an otherwise empty store shelf.

Times have been tough.

And now for something no one saw coming: EVGA, one of the largest third-party PC graphics card manufacturers and a favorite brand among PC gamers for quality parts and reliable warranties backed by customer service. solid, ends its long-standing relationship with Nvidia. Additionally, the company reportedly said that it would also not pursue partnerships with competing silicon giants like AMD or Intel. It looks like EVGA is only made with GPUs.

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News of EVGA’s seemingly sudden decision to stop manufacturing GPUs broke via popular YouTubers PlayersNexus and Jayztwocents. Personalities from both channels said they were invited to a private meeting with EVGA staff, including CEO Andrew Han. During the meeting, EVGA reportedly outlined its desire and intent to break away from Nvidia, citing multiple frustrations with the partnership.

These pain points primarily relate to what Han describes as Nvidia’s reluctance to share critical product information with partners until that same information is made available to the public, often on stage at a conference call. hurry ; that he thinks Nvidia is undermining partners like EVGA by selling its own “Founders’ Edition” cards at a lower price; and a feeling among partners that Nvidia just doesn’t appreciate their patronage.

PlayersNexus has a very detailed breakdown of the reunion and this news in his video.

PlayersNexus

EVGA senior management made their decision to part ways with Nvidia in April, but kept the decision strictly confidential. Although EVGA, a company so often known and loved for its excellent GPUs and reliable customer service, is exiting the GPU business, the company reportedly intends to stay in business. However, it will not extend to new product categories, PlayersNexus reports. And although the company makes and sells other PC components such as motherboards, cases and power supplies, the loss of the GPU side of its business is likely to pose challenges for its 280 employees worldwide.

PlayersNexus‘ Steve Burke reports that EVGA is looking to reallocate staff to different projects to keep everyone employed. The company laid off 20% of its Taiwanese employees earlier this year, and now several people whose jobs revolved solely around GPU manufacturing and development don’t have obvious jobs to do.

While EVGA will continue to sell RTX 30-series cards, it expects to be out of stock by the end of the year and will keep additional stock to support warranties and repairs. EVGA is committed to honoring the warranties of existing customers of these cards.

Today is a bittersweet day for PC gamers, as we will greatly miss EVGA’s presence in the GPU arena. On the other hand, the crypto mining craze that has plagued the industry by buying up countless cards for mining rigs seems to be coming to an end. The leading crypto Ethereum has finally, finally moved away GPU-intensive “proof of work” algorithms that have contributed to the virtual decimation of available GPU stock over the past two years. As you’ve probably noticed, GPUs are once again available for purchase and prices have finally started to fall back to earth. With the Ethereum switch, hopefully this trend will only accelerate.

Mika R. Pyle