Here’s a bit of news AMD sure could have done without ahead of its next-gen GPU launch. Boutique builder Origin PC announced late last week that it’d be ceasing the option of adding AMD’s graphics cards to customer systems, citing “customer experiences” as the first big reason behind the decision.
As told to HotHardware, “This decision was based on a combination of many factors including customer experiences, GPU performance/drivers/stability, and requests from our support staff. Based on our 15+ years of experience building and selling award winning high-performance PCs, we strongly feel the best PC gaming experience is on NVIDIA GPUs.“
Origin PC’s GENESIS, Soon to be red no more
This strikes me as all sorts of odd. Since I tend to prefer NVIDIA in my own PC for a couple of reasons (namely, better support for the game emulators I use, and also my old-school MMORPG), I can’t relay any recent long-term experiences with AMD. However, if problems with AMD’s cards are in fact severe enough that it causes a PC boutique to stop offering its cards, you’d think that we’d be hearing about complaints en masse. I sure haven’t been seeing those.
AMD’s cards at the moment aren’t perfect, what with micro-stuttering issues that some people consider to be a major issue, but aside from that, the company’s offerings are solid, and I couldn’t honestly say that its cards are lacking compared to NVIDIA’s in any substantial way – both have their own sets of pros and cons.
Overall, this move is strange to me, especially from a boutique builder, which typically builds what their customers want, not what the company thinks they should have. For what it’s worth, the company does state that there’s been no external power that encouraged this decision; rather, it just wants to deliver its customers the best experience possible. Take that as you will.