HardOCP today offered the rumor -- citing the "word on the street" -- that long time NVIDIA partner XFX will soon start making cards for ATI instead.
XFX is known for packaging games with its video cards, overclocking them, and offering a double life-time warranty on all its products. We recently reviewed and throughly appreciated XFX 's GTX 260 (216 SP) Black Edition, which turned out to be faster than a stock GTX 280.
As stated earlier in this year in July on the Inquirer, profit margins have become thinner this generation of GPUs, prompting some board partners to look elsewhere.
It does seem like NVIDIA has a had tough time of things in the second half of 2008. Maybe 2009 will bring a change of luck for the company.