With its Geforce Partner Program(GPP), Nvidia tried to control its AIBs and following the backlash Nvidia banished the program. However, Nvidia is now exerting pressure on its AIB partners about who gets to review the RTX 2080 Ti and RTX 2080 and how the drivers will be distributed.
According to the report from Hardocp, Nvidia is controlling its AIB partners regarding who gets to review its upcoming RTX 2080 Ti and RTX 2080 GPUs.
According to the report, GPU reviewers have forwarded their emails from Nvidia’s AIB partners on Nvidia’s direction asking who will be reviewing the RTX 2080 Ti and RTX 2080 and Nvidia is also asking for their “phone number and email address”.
Reportedly, Nvidia will be preparing a list of their own regarding who will be reviewing the RTX 2080 Ti and RTX 2080 which then will be forwarded to AIB partners and these AIB partners will be bound to send review samples only to those reviewers who are in the list.
This comes following Nvidia’s failed attempt to control its AIB and OEM partners with GPP(Geforce Partner Program) which Nvidia was forced to shut down following severe backlash from consumers.
However, this doesn’t end here as the report further states that Nvidia has instructed its AIB partners to not distribute drivers with the review samples of RTX 2080 Ti and RTX 2080.
In order for the GPU reviewer to gain access to review driver, they will have to “sign NVIDIA’s multi-year NDA” which will then allow them to log into a protected site from where they can download the driver but, only for a specific machine in which the review sample is installed.
Now, if you see any leaked benchmarks on the internet for the RTX 2080 Ti and RTX 2080, then keep in mind that these benchmarks could be the ones without the review deriver.
Nvidia is going through a lot of trouble to make sure who and how gets to review its upcoming RTX 2080 Ti and RTX 2080 which is odd as this is the first time its happening.
The reason for such a tight control over the GPU reviews is currently unknown and we can only speculate that Nvidia is trying to make reviewers obedient so that they don’t go around revealing flaws in the upcoming GPUs.
My suggestion would to not believe the reviews that come out before launch and look for benchmarks following the launch of these GPUs as they will be a better indication of the GPU’s performance.
Real-Time Ray Tracing is the only feature that Nvidia is trying to push with its RTX GPUs and reportedly the RTX 2080 Ti isn’t capable of 1080p/60FPS in Battlefield V with ray tracing enabled.
For a moment if we assume that this report is true then Nvidia is trying to cover this up with a tight control over the reviews of its GPUs.