AMD is looking to launch its Radeon HD 6000 Series of GPUs on 19 October 2010, which coincides with NVIDIA's launch of its entry-level GeForce GT 430. As mentioned previously, the announcement of the HD 6000 Series will be a press conference at the AMD Technical Forum and Exhibition 2010. While not a hard launch, it is likely that AMD will have its internally developed card on hand to demonstrate the next-generation GPUs' capabilities.
Little more than a press conference on 19th October?
Whilst many are predicting HD 6000 Series cards to hit retail in late October or early November, our close sources have suggested availability only in November. Apparently, the distributors have not been given pricing of these new cards, nor have they been invited to place orders till date. It takes some time for paperwork to be filed and products to arrive.
Delays and shortages; Radeon HD 6850 and HD 6870 expected to come first
Word has it that AMD is definitely facing yield issues with the production of HD 6000 GPUs but it is unclear as to whether AMD has run into problems with TSMC's 40nm node again though TSMC has claimed that the 'chamber matching problems that had impacted yield rates' have been resolved at the start of this year.
In what might surprise many, one source is telling us that AMD will skip the HD 6700 GPUs for now and have the HD 6800 GPUs take the lead owing to delays in production. Expect very limited availability and if the yield does not match expectations, we might see a price increase in the couple of weeks after the HD 6800 GPUs hit retail.
NVIDIA ready to counter-attack
NVIDIA insiders have confirmed that the green camp is ready to push out new products immediately should the performance discrepancy between their current DirectX 11 line-up and the new AMD Radeon HD 6000 Series is too large for comfort.
To recap, the GF104 chipset has eight streaming multiprocessors (SM) for a total of 384 CUDA cores. The GeForce GTX 460, which is based on the GF104, has one SM completely disabled, leaving it with just 336 CUDA cores. Then, we have the GF106 chipset, which has four SMs, three ROP partitions and 64-bit memory controllers. Furthermore, the GF106-based GeForce GTS 450 has one ROP partition and 64-bit memory controller conveniently removed. That said, we could be seeing a higher-clocked and fully enabled GF104-based GeForce GTX 475 coming in November or December.