Origin PC Ditching AMD GPUs, Goes All In With NVIDIA

While AMD just announced a whole new line of graphics cards, which generally results in system builders announcing new configuration options with the impending products inside, at least one boutique builder is going in another direction entirely--all the way in the other direction, actually.

Origin PC CEO and co-founder Kevin Wasielewski told us that the company is no longer offering AMD GPUs in its systems and will solely provide NVIDIA graphics options. His reasons were initially vague: “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,” he said.

AMD Radeon HD 7990
  AMD Radeon HD 7990

Wasielewski offered a further clarifying statement from Alvaro Masis, one of Origin’s technical support managers, who said, “Primarily the overall issues have been stability of the cards, overheating, performance, scaling, and the amount of time to receive new drivers on both desktop and mobile GPUs.”

Wasielewski assured us that there is no industry skullduggery here, but that simply Origin is working to provide customers with the best possible hardware options for its customers. In his view, that means AMD's GPUs aren't up to snuff. Note that Origin will continue to provide AMD CPU options with its systems; at the very least, the dumping of AMD graphics is about NVIDIA graphics versus AMD graphics, not about AMD as a whole.

Origin Genesis, now only with NVIDIA GPUs

Origin Genesis, now only with NVIDIA GPUs

Although higher failure rates of AMD graphics cards are mostly hearsay, we have seen our share of issues with AMD Radeon GPUs in CrossFire configurations, such as in this review.

Regardless, even assuming that AMD GPUs have caused Origin some problems, it seems to be an overly drastic move to cut them out of the product lineup entirely. Surely there are plenty of customers who prefer AMD GPUs, or at least want the option?

We’ve reached out to AMD for a statement and will update accordingly.

Via:  Origin PC
realneil one year ago

They should continue to give customers their choice of brands.

TylerVieira one year ago

"we have seen our share of issues with AMD Radeon GPUs in SLI configurations" Im surprised they even got SLI to work.

TylerVieira one year ago

"we have seen our share of issues with AMD Radeon GPUs in SLI configurations" Im surprised they even got SLI to work.

NickModrowski one year ago

Considering SLI is only nvidia.

MiguelBoulet one year ago

Love u Origin PC Corporation :D <3 ur the best!

WarrenEarls one year ago

Anyone who buys anything associated with EA/Origin is a fool.

JordiVanWinkle one year ago

@WarrenEarls This company has absolutely no association with EA or EA's Origin. In fact, they were Origin PCs long before the Origin desktop client came out.

@GeorgeSafford I actually doubt that AMD is going away. They scored the hardware deals with the newest consoles. I suspect they'll be here beyond this generation of consoles to provide the enthusiasts with CPUs/GPUs/APUs in the desktop field.

JamesBCook one year ago

You're a fool to think this company is associated with EA

JulianStephens one year ago


They fixed it apparently

RichardGreen one year ago

Ita amazing what a massive bribe will do

JeremiahCarter one year ago

you mean crossfire right ??/

JackArmstrong one year ago

I wonder how overpriced these pc's will be now

TravisJohnChristensen one year ago

Thank god. I hate AMD GPUs.

GeorgeSafford one year ago

Why go with something that is not going to last. AMD is fading away...

Dave_HH one year ago

I personally think it's a bit short-sighted to make this decision and then make an announcement about it. It's one thing to make a business decision but it seems to me, at least on the GPU side, Origin is burning a bridge here by rolling out a press release on it. That said, we report the news and this obviously is newsworthy. So be it.

AhmedAbuBaker one year ago


JoshLatham one year ago

SLI is Nvidia haha

JoshLatham one year ago

Majority of games released are fully backed by AMD, Origin is just jumping on the Nvidia bandwagon. They must be buying into all those "features" over AMD's raw power

AngelStewart one year ago

I have difficulty believing that there were not concessions made, or deals arranged for this to go through. Everyone else can get AMD cards to work except Origin? Right. Kinda reminds me of the Dell - Intel partnership years ago.

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