This is reason why I went with an ATI Radeon 4850 instead of an nVidia GeForce 8800. This was enough to spook me away from nVidia. On the flip side the issue with ATI is drivers. In the past they would never update their drivers and newer games could have some compatibility issues. ATI/AMD is getting better. Just last week I noticed they updated my video drive so I downloaded it and fixed some of the minor problems I was having. ATI/AMD all the way baby!
“NVidia is in deep trouble over the defective parts problem, and from what we’re being told, this is only the tip of the iceberg. NV still insists on stonewalling and spinning because the cost of owning up to the problem could very well sink the company.
In any case, the official story is that there was a small batch of parts given only to HP that went bad. That was comprehensively proved wrong when Dell, Apple, Asus, Lenovo and everyone else under the sun also had problems. NV AR recalled the parts and recanted the story about it only being an EOL test run. Bad fibbers, no cookie. They still stuck to the story about it being only laptop parts, and that it was under control.” (link)