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PS3’s fatally flawed?

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It’s not often that PS3 are linked to engineering faults but there could be a seedy disaster just waiting to hit the PS3’s which are currently on the market.

And it’s not even Sony’s fault or anything they could have foreseen.

There is an Internet rumour that is starting to gain traction about a possible engineering fault in all NVidia GPU’s… you know that company that provides the PS3 with it’s RSX GPU?

Well according to The Inquirer NVidia are currently trying to hide the fact that a large majority of their current generation and previous generation chipsets are fatally flawed.

At the moment NVidia are completely denying that any problem exists but the hardware manufacturers (Dell, Apple, HP etc) are starting to get a little upset with the amount of comebacks they are getting and have now started to offer extended warranties on all machines with NVidia chipsets… You can bet they aren’t going to accept the costs on themselves either.

Again this is a rumour but if the problem is as widespread as it appears it is not at all unbelievable to see it affecting the PS3, especially the newer releases of the hardware.

If the problem is as big as The Inquirer is suggesting then we could be seeing the end of NVidia as we know it… they can’t afford the sort of hit that Microsoft took on their fault hardware…

Source: TheInquirer

[Thanks Ewie for the tip]

Last Updated: August 14, 2008


  1. Chevron

    August 14, 2008 at 12:40

    Sigh, lol.

    The gpu in the ps3 is based on the 7900 iirc. That nvidia problem relates to all 8600 series gpus.

    This has already been confirmed and it’s old news.


  2. Banana hammock

    August 14, 2008 at 12:46

    Hahahaha… the Inquirer? you guys are getting desperate.

    As Chevron said, this is old news and actually quite a small problem. If it was like The Inqurer made it out to be don’t you think we would be seeing PS3s dying all over the place yet?


  3. scotty777

    August 14, 2008 at 12:48

    ye, BUT, i think the Inquirer is a lil melodramatic. I mean, I’ve only read that the NEW chips EG:the G92 +G94 chips(aka the 8800gt/gts/gso, 9800gtx/gt and the 9600gt) are flawed… and as it turns out, the ps3 doesn’t have a big failure rate, in fact the only thing wrong with it is the Blu-Ray drive, and those are just a couple that are failing(excessive gaming in poor ventilated area’s seems to be the cause)

    So the RSX should be safe. I mean, it’s basically a 7800gtx, and those things are as solid as a rock.

    The reason why dell, hp, Apple are getting failure rates is because they using the new chips.

    You see, I think Nvidia was a bit greedy, and that wanted to kill ATI with the 8xxx series, and so they cut costs here and there, and they must be a flaw in the gpu as a result…

    But I reckon, Nvidia is a big company, and with the success of their 8xxx series, they will survive this…


  4. LazySAGamer

    August 14, 2008 at 12:57

    desperate yes… you guys no…

    Nick is sick so I am filling in for his work, this news is dated yesterday so it isn’t entirely old and I did try make it blatantly obvious that it was a rumour… but fear not I will find more rumours for you 😉


  5. Tan365

    August 14, 2008 at 13:36

    forget the inquirer…this is becoming more a tabloid rag with each day


  6. Banana hammock

    August 14, 2008 at 13:37

    Can you at least save them for tomorrow?


  7. fred

    August 14, 2008 at 14:01

    I have not heard of one ps3 failing because of the grapics chip set , not likely to happen either.


  8. LazySAGamer

    August 14, 2008 at 14:12

    Yes but we have heard of PS3’s failing for an unknown reason… Is that unknown reason possibly linked to the GPU?


  9. Vamp

    August 14, 2008 at 14:59

    Geez, that guy might just want to cut to the chase instead of writing the same stuff over and over again. I’m exhausted from just reading that and clicking through the stuff to find out what exactly they claim the “failures” are 😯


  10. Kale

    August 14, 2008 at 15:34

    I propose a new site name “Lazy biast X-box gamer who rags on PS3” or “Lazy gossip gamer who hates PS3”. Come on man, all you can find lately is what’s wrong with the PS3 through gossip and ‘previews’. Your becoming and old woman.


  11. TheOnion

    August 14, 2008 at 16:20

    The 360 rocks, despite hardware failures, the Ps3 rocks, despite having the same controller from eons ago, and the wii is the den of shovelware.

    Can we get on with it now?


  12. kabraal

    August 14, 2008 at 16:22

    Meh, show me some stats first. The Inquirer = Huisgenoot.

    My refrigirator also broke down for some strange reason the other day. Who could’ve guessed the CE’s actually break down. No way!?


  13. SlippyMadFrog

    August 14, 2008 at 16:40

    This is interesting developments although it obviously doesn’t influence the PS3. It has enough bottle necks as it is :mrgreen:

    (please don’t hurt me)


  14. MaXiM

    August 14, 2008 at 22:05

    The PS3 issues have all been Blu-Ray Laser related or PSU related. I have not seen one instance of a GPU failure thus far, so if there was an engineering issue, I am sure we would have seen one or two PS3’s at least suffer from graphics glitches. I’ll take this info with a pinch of salt 😉


  15. eyesuc

    August 15, 2008 at 08:49

    in all fairness, Tomshardware also reported on this. but the author of THIS article seems to be speculating, even though all the alleged faulty chips are reported to be all those BETWEEN the G80 and the G200, not the stuff before the G80 (which is what the PS3 has, right?). i don’t recall theInq pointing finger at the PS3.

    some interesting information here:


  16. Vamp

    August 15, 2008 at 09:43

    I’ll let you guys know when my 8800GTS cocks out.


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