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Wow, Nvidia have banned Hardware Unboxed from receiving review samples...

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Richdog, 11 Dec 2020.

  1. Richdog


    Joined: 8 Sep 2005

    Posts: 26,310

    Location: Utopia

    As per title, Nvidia have banned Hardware Unboxed (HU) from receiving Founders Edition (not AIB cards, of course) review samples in advance due to them believing that Hardware Unboxed unfairly focus on rasterization performance vs RTX in their GPU reviews... https://www.reddit.com/r/nvidia/comments/kavim2/nvidia_have_banned_hardware_unboxed_from/

    Considering that HU is one of the largest Techtubers that a lot of people consider reliable, this is a really bad PR move from Nvidia as it shows that they are trying to bully reviewers into dancing to their tune, instead of allowing independent journalism to take its course. If they do this to a channel this large, can you imagine what they do to smaller channels? Some Techtubers must be petrified of situations like this.

    The crazy thing is that as decent as the new AMD cards are, Nvidia are arguably still overall the performance leaders, so there is no need for them to do petty things like this. It reminds me of Intel-style desperation tactics.

    For shame Nvidia... for shame. :o
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  2. Gerard


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 34,983

    Location: Ireland

    They focus on what 99.9% of games use? Insanity!
  3. KentMan


    Joined: 14 Dec 2016

    Posts: 958

    Not surprised really, Nvidia are a scummy company with bad ethics who make good products.

    But banning HU from FEs is sad, especially for not apparently praising Raytracing.. Its laughably pathetic but it will highlight going forward who are scared of Nvidia as we will get alot of Pro Raytracing reviews now.

    Also HU said they will still get access to AIB Nvidia cards, yeah as if Nvidia wont use their influence to stick the knife in there either.

    Its basically "Do as we say or we take your toys away" honestly were probably not too far from Nvidia just sending all the review scripts and benchmarks to reviewers now and they just read verbatim.

    Utterly pathetic move from a sad company
  4. Chuk_Chuk

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 12 May 2014

    Posts: 2,322

    Smells like Nvidia are worried. I wonder why that would be.

    Someone there mentioned that Linus reasoning for testing DLSS and RT is that it is here and people are using it. Does that mean that every game should be tested at 75% resolution with Radeon Image sharpening because it is here and people are using it?
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  5. LtMatt


    Joined: 12 Jul 2007

    Posts: 34,251

    Location: United Kingdom

    I think it's about testing both to be fair, but naturally you focus more on what the majority is using. It's not as if HU didn't test Ray Tracing, they have bar charts dedicated to it after the 18 game averages.
  6. Dontrocktheboat

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 20 Jun 2016

    Posts: 1,228

    Oh dear a AMD shill site get a block on the new cards. No 3080ti for these boy any time soon.
  7. VincentHanna


    Joined: 30 Jul 2013

    Posts: 22,921

    You are talking about a driver option I assume?

    DLSS and RTX are actually in-game graphics options. That's a bit different.
  8. Martini1991


    Joined: 18 Sep 2009

    Posts: 28,980

    Location: Dormanstown.

    Whilst I do consider Hardware unboxed to be AMD biased, you can't just silence them.
  9. pp111

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 22 Oct 2018

    Posts: 2,086

    You can't flog a pig when the people want a horse. NVIDIA just don't get it that people don't want Ray Tracing. I mean my graphics card can't even cope with my monitor now, without Ray Tracing. Games keep on getting more difficult to process, monitors are getting faster and faster, larger and larger, and yet dumbo NVIDIA keep on selling us something that we are clearly not ready for. Honestly whoever has been doing their marketing for the past five years should be dragged in to the street and forced to listen to the gamers. We don't want Ray Tracing until we can do 300 fps with it!!!
  10. Relentless81


    Joined: 18 May 2010

    Posts: 11,526

    Just as I was starting to get interested in Nvidia products again after losing interest being burned by the 970. Shame really as it massively limits my choice for a GPU but Nvidia cannot help themselves with these scummy practices

    HU is my favorite review channel, I'm sure they will still obtain FE GPUs without issue and I'm looking forward to the video that goes into detail about this but yeah, probably just stick with AMD for now

    Really need Intel to make entry into the GPU market now, I know its likely years away but still, something needs to happen
  11. Fatpizza


    Joined: 18 Apr 2018

    Posts: 146

    Yeah, their review of the 6800XT was a bit on the nose. They have raked AMD over the coals for the pricing shenanigans though.
    Either way this is dumb by NVidia, there's no real benefit to them.
  12. Stu999

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 3 Aug 2015

    Posts: 1,750

    Such a dumb move. They will still review the cards eventually, they will still get the numbers out there and lots of people will look at their videos. Not really going to achieve anything.
  13. CuriousTomCat

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 22 Nov 2018

    Posts: 1,678

    There's only a handful of RT games though. Quite a unique use case.

    Doesn't Nvidia help the game developers to implement RTX? So Nvidia only wants reviewers to test the games that they helped to make?

    This would be like Intel asking that reviewers only test Battlefield 5 performance.
  14. Wrinkly

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 31 Aug 2013

    Posts: 2,399

    Location: Scotland

    If you are going to review hardware via benchmarks then you have to review ALL hardware. Shooting one's foot off seems to apply here.

    In keeping a balance, AMD rightly dropped Jayztwocents a few years ago.

    I bounce around many review channels, they all have there faults in one way or another.
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  15. Kaapstad

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 21 May 2012

    Posts: 30,519

    Location: Dalek flagship

    What are NVidia afraid of?

    What is the point of a review if it is not independent?

    I often see reviews and peoples opinions that I disagree with but these are also the most helpful to me as they can sometimes teach me stuff I did not know.
  16. Troezar


    Joined: 6 Aug 2009

    Posts: 4,730

    Realistically hardly any gamers are running high resolutions with ray tracing as they can't afford the hardware. This forum has a lot of owners of high end RT capable hardware but that is still a very small number in reality. It's a bad PR move, you can't hide this kind of thing any more and Nvidia must know that. It does make you wonder if they are concerned about something. I know it's a bit early but I think next gen could be very revealing for all three vendors, as to the direction of the industry.
  17. VincentHanna


    Joined: 30 Jul 2013

    Posts: 22,921

    I do.

    I don't need 300fps as I only play single player games.

    There's a long way to go, but DLSS 2.0 and G-sync has made ray tracing actually work pretty well.
  18. festicles


    Joined: 8 Dec 2020

    Posts: 12

    Location: Somerset

    Guess Gamers Nexus will also follow, since they don't focus on RT that much either. Rasterization isn't subjective compared to the way RT is. I've chosen to go all AMD for my new build because as nice as RT looks when it works and it doesn't "just work" its extremely gimmicky and selective of what it actually RT's and some of which is barely noticeable couple with it being extremely expensive for something that hasn't fully matured I'm not that interested in something that is ridiculously expensive.

    Paying over £1000 for a graphics card is borderline insane which is the point a lot of reviewers are making and I doubt nvidia are the only ones unhappy with that statement.
  19. JediFragger


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 24,633

    Location: y0 Mommas a**

    Now and again nVidia show their true colours, and this is such an occasion. When's the last time you heard of AMD doing this? Ever??
  20. TheMoeBlob


    Joined: 15 Nov 2018

    Posts: 161

    Whilst leaning towards amd for my next gpu I would have considered nvidia if supply stabilised first but after this... Nah team green will get a miss from me