Topic. Rumors abound about an expected release date for an upcoming card, but I'm interested in the history of how such dates actually translate into availability. Anyone spotted any sort of reliable correlation? Available to purchase on the indicated day? Or maybe actually more like a week after the fact?
first the disgne the gpu chip. then they send it out to the foundry for them to make eng samples. one all the bugs are worked out the final chip is tapped out and sent back to the foundry. if the chip uses standard size chip die like 28mm and the yields are good the gpu chip are binned. for speed and defects. a chip with some defects are marked lower end gpu chip the higher speed chips are binned for oc cards vendors. when stock level is good vendor will have a paper launch date. when the nda will expire so that review sites like toms can talked about there new gpu. most times a few weeks after a paper launch will stock levels be there.
So basically if a release date is supposed to be "Oct 24" the reality is that nobody's actually going to have it for sale at that time. About right? Matter of fact, this article seems to indicate that the traditional wait time between release date and initial availability is "weeks":