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NVIDIA's design guide supplement for the platform that does not exist
The first rule about "Tritium" is, you do not talk about "Tritium"

NVIDIA's Bryan Del Rizzo sent me the following email earlier today about some of the stories we've run on the NVIDIA Tritium platform:

Kris, yet another story with gross inaccuracies.
There is no Tritium certification process. There is no Tritium product. It is not a brand name.
Because of your story, we have partners asking us about a certification process that doesn't exist.
Please remove the story or put up a front page story that says there is no certification process and that you were incorrect in stating that one exists.
Anand, great job on starting a news site that so far, can't get its facts straight.

Of course, Del Rizzo may not believe there is a Tritium certification, but NVIDIA's internal design guides certainly disagree with him.  A document containing with the following statement was released to manufacturers earlier this year, with the emphasis ours:

This document outlines the minimum requirements an ODM NVIDIA® C51XEMCP55XE motherboard design must conform to in order to obtain NVIDIA’s Tritium certification. Meeting the requirements guarantees interoperability with other Tritium-certified components and enables utilization of Tritium’s overclockability features, maximizing overall system performance.

NVIDIA has extended its SLI program into memory and motherboards, so our best guess is that the Tritium platform and SLI "platform" are one and the same. We here at DailyTech have no problems delivering the second half of Del Rizzo's wish, but it would seem odd for a company that does not have a Tritium platform to have so much documentation for one.

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By johnsonx on 5/18/2006 2:26:22 PM , Rating: 2

Don't you just hate it when they try to make you feel stupid? If 'Tritium' was something they were working on but since decided not to go with, fine, they should just say so. If they're unsure of their direction at this time, they shouldn't say anything at all.

Instead, this jerk sends you an e-mail denying the existance of the program, and making fun of you to boot. It's not a secret nuclear weapon program!

As in all other pursuits in life, don't let the bastards get you down!

RE: bastards
By Nick5324 on 5/18/2006 2:39:33 PM , Rating: 2
Agree. If they, in fact, aren't going to pursue Tritium, then just send an email saying so. I am surprised at the rude tone of the email, and the concluding cheap shot at Anand.

I'm sure Mr. Del Rizzo would say the email was private and should not have been published on a public sight. Regardless, this is not a professional way to handle something.

I've always liked Nvidia's products, but this has left a bad taste in my mouth. Don't misunderstand, I'm not trying to make a mountain out of a mole hill; it's one small incident and does not warrant an anti Nvidia campaign. I guess I just expect a more professional attitude from Nvidia.

RE: bastards
By Zoomer on 5/19/2006 7:43:59 AM , Rating: 2
By the way, wasn't it often stated that DT is DT, and Anand was never involved in it?

Oh well.

Going by current similar top end performance, I would much rather buy a x1900 than a 7900. If their PR manager does this, what would their support people do? *shudders*

RE: bastards
By KristopherKubicki on 5/19/2006 3:14:11 PM , Rating: 2
This is correct. DailyTech is owned by a trust of private investors and Anand has nothing to do with the site other the fact he runs my RSS feed on his front page.

RE: bastards
By tedrodai on 5/18/2006 2:43:09 PM , Rating: 2
This kinda stuff seriously affects my purchasing decisions. I won't stand for such blatant rudeness in a company I deal with, unless I'm being rude to them (and that wasn't the case here).

It's not like NVIDIA has the throne anymore. Unless I see a mature response, this is more than enough of a reason to replace the planned 7900GTX in my upcoming Conroe-based build with the (arguably better) x1900XT.

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