TUL Corp., the company behind graphics cards sold under PowerColor and VTX3D trademarks, has decided to shut down one of its brands. From a post on the company website, effective immediately, the VTX3D (or VTX 3D, both arrangements are used) products and the brand will be phased out and TUL (which, in the end, means PowerColor) will handle the warranty liabilities of the  company.

TUL introduced the first video cards sold under the VTX3D brand in early 2009 to sell budget ATI Radeon graphics in some Asian and European countries. Over time the brand introduced more advanced graphics cards targeting the high-end of the market, and at times could compete against PowerColor as well as Club3D (which is a very close partner of TUL in Europe). 

The reasons behind TUL’s decision to shut down the brand have not been revealed by the company. However, there is a combination of explanations why TUL might no longer want to keep its low-cost brand. Firstly, the available market for discrete desktop graphics cards shrank from around 68.4 million units in 2011 to approximately 44 million units in 2015, according to data by Jon Peddie Research. It is important to note that while sales of higher-end enthusiast-class graphics cards increased in 2015, shipments of low-end adapters has declined. Secondly, sales of AMD’s standalone desktop GPUs also significantly dropped in the recent years: from around 27 million in 2011 to 8.88 million in 2015 (based on data from JPR). Given the shrunk TAM (total addressable market), both for GPUs and for Radeon, it might not make sense for TUL to support so many brands at all. Both PowerColor and VTX3D had their own sales, engineering and support teams, which might be inefficient from a financial point of view. By focusing on only one brand, TUL would optimize its costs and creates one brand moving forward.

Those, who own a VTX3D graphics card and require RMA services should contract eusupport@vtx3d.com. The VTX3D website has the original message (in Chinese).

Source: VTX 3D

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  • colinstu - Friday, August 5, 2016 - link

    And another sticker stamper bites the dust... nothing of value lost. Reply
  • Phynaz - Friday, August 5, 2016 - link

    PowerColor is AMD's OEM. Reply
  • SaberKOG91 - Friday, August 5, 2016 - link

    Pretty sure Sapphire is the OEM for all radeon stuff, not just FirePro/Radeon Pro? Are you sure about that? Reply
  • atlantico - Friday, August 5, 2016 - link

    Sapphire is AMD's OEM in GPUs. Never heard of TUL. Reply
  • Phynaz - Monday, August 8, 2016 - link

    Doh! Yeah, you're right. Reply
  • jabbadap - Friday, August 5, 2016 - link

    OEM is of course amd itself(Better abbreviation is IHV), it designs and releases specifications for reference design boards and it's own gpus. They might use some EMS and ODM to manufacture them in cheap labor countries, but that does not change the fact oem is amd.

    PowerColor(TUL), SapphireTech(private), HIS(private), XfX(Pine Technology Holdings ), MSI(public), ASUS(public) and Gigabyte(public) are AIB suppliers for amd, which uses amd's reference design(thus amd is the oem) or design their own cards(still not oem not another company is using their design, VAR(value-added reseller) could be more correct abbreviation if you insist using some arbitrary ones).
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  • extide - Saturday, August 6, 2016 - link

    Yeah but the thing is I believe Sapphire actually makes the AMD ref designs and all the AMD branded stuff. Reply
  • Nagorak - Saturday, August 6, 2016 - link

    It definitely used to be that way back when ATi made their own branded cards (before opening it up to partners). I wouldn't be surprised if that relationship is still the same. Reply
  • {1,0,1{{0}}1,01} - Friday, August 5, 2016 - link

    What is a sticker stamper? Reply
  • Gigaplex - Friday, August 5, 2016 - link

    They stamp a sticker on products. In other words, rebranding the same product. Since they had separate engineering teams, I don't think the term applies here. Reply

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