ATI cuts Radeon warranties to one year

A member of the Extreme Overclocking Forums noticed that ATI has dropped the warranty period for its consumer graphics cards from three years to only one. FireGL cards will still get three years of warranty coverage, but cables and other accessories are only covered for 90 days. These new warranties apply to products purchased at retail after August 31 of this year, and products need to be registered within 30 days of purchase to qualify for any coverage at all.

With BFG and XFX pushing lifetime and multi-lifetime graphics card warranties, it's surprising to see ATI moving so drastically in the opposite direction. A single year of warranty coverage doesn't necessarily mean that ATI's graphics cards are more failure-prone, but it doesn't exactly instill confidence in the "Built by ATI" brand, either.

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