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Reports claiming that defective Radeons surfaced at top-tier manufacturers prove false

A recent article from DigiTimes had many graphics partners pointing a finger at AMD for several thousand potentially faulty Radeon HD 2600 and HD 2400 products.  Specifically, DigiTimes claimed “One first-tier maker has recalled over 20,000-30,000 units already, noted the sources.”

Although the article stated that Asustek Computers, Micro-Star International (MSI) and Gigabyte Technology all experienced a problem with improperly flashed cards, all three manufacturers have since denied the existence of any such defect.

Several product managers and engineers were left scratching their heads when confronted about receiving batches of faulty Radeon HD parts.  ASUS representatives, speaking on the condition of anonymity, claim that no journalists inquired to the company about faulty Radeon-series graphic adaptors, and that the company has not found a single defective in its inventory.

When approached as to the nature of the defect, a Taiwanese graphics adaptor engineer stated, “ATI did deliver some chips without UVD to Acer for one of its projects and that’s it.  All chips delivered to other OEM and ODM has the UVD enabled.” Universal Video Decoder, or UVD, is a hardware acceleration unit found on the Radeon HD 2600 and 2400 graphics processors.

That same engineer suspects Acer is where the notion of a defect or recall may have occurred.

Acer, the world’s fourth largest branded PC vendor occasionally orders one-off products from its suppliers. Since the parts were ordered without UVD support it one would be hard pressed to consider them defective.  Acer’s OEM partners include ECS and Asustek.
MSI and Gigabyte have no knowledge of receiving either products without hardware UVD support or defective ROMs. Both companies went on to say that internal testing of the HD 2K-series has not shown problems related to UVD support.

A Gigabyte official spoke to DailyTech on the record with regard to the defect report.  “We can confirm that all shipping AMD Radeon HD 2400s and ATI Radeon HD 2600s have working UVD functionality,” he stated. “We are shipping a number of HD 2400 A13s and their UVD functionality is enabled in the August Catalyst driver drop.  All of the remaining HD 2400s, and all of the HD 2600s, have UVD support in the current driver.”

One AMD engineer, also speaking on terms of anonymity, claim that there are no cards in the channel with a UVD problem and they are unaware of faulty products leaving the factory.  "Any report claiming that defective HD 2600 and 2400 [cards] are recalled in the channel is completely untrue."


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RE: UVD
By Polynikes on 8/9/2007 12:28:52 AM , Rating: 2
His point is what you said, or at least what the acronym means, should be included in the article. Not everyone knows every acronym in the tech world, even if they do read DailyTech regularly. (That's not true of me, but I don't think it's very good journalism to mention something that some people may not understand without clarification.)


RE: UVD
By HrilL on 8/9/2007 1:47:34 AM , Rating: 2
Yes I understand that, and that is why I voted him up before I posted. And since some people don't know. I decided I would enlighten them.


RE: UVD
By 1078feba on 8/9/07, Rating: 0
RE: UVD
By Spivonious on 8/9/2007 11:36:21 AM , Rating: 2
You can rate posts as long as you haven't posted a comment of your own. As soon as you post, your ratings are deleted.

I imagine that is to prevent rating yourself up, but one would think that would be easy to control.


RE: UVD
By jtesoro on 8/9/2007 11:47:44 AM , Rating: 1
Just noticed that I lost my rating rights, even for articles where I haven't posted yet. I thought you couldn't rate only if you haven't posted enough in the past. I have 300+ posts already, but admittedly only a few the last couple of months. Maybe a rule about the number of recent posts is in place.


RE: UVD
By Justin Case on 8/9/2007 12:41:53 PM , Rating: 2
If you don't see the "worth reading / not worth reading" links at the bottom of posts, that is due to one of three things:

1. The discussion is old and doesn't accept ratings anymore.

2. You have already posted in that discussion.

3. You are not logged in.


RE: UVD
By Merry on 8/9/2007 3:58:24 PM , Rating: 2
1. The discussion is old and doesn't accept ratings anymore.

2. You have already posted in that discussion.

3. You are not logged in.


I have also lost my ability to rate posts despite the fact i havent posted in the thread, the topic isn't old and I am logged in.

Bit of a mystery really.


RE: UVD
By Justin Case on 8/9/2007 7:59:19 PM , Rating: 2
I had a problem some time ago when the site was logging me out during a session, for no apparent reason. The only way to fix it was to close the browser and then go back. That hasn't happened to me lately, but maybe you have similar problem. Clear all your cookies that mention "dailytech.com" and try logging back in.


RE: UVD
By Spivonious on 8/10/2007 3:39:54 PM , Rating: 1
And I'm rated down because??


RE: UVD
By wien on 8/11/2007 10:58:34 AM , Rating: 1
...you're way off topic?


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