22nd October launch for AMD Radeon HD 6870 and HD 6850; retail availability expected
It is confirmed that AMD has changed its mind for the second time and will launch the Radeon HD 6000 Series on 22 October 2010. Cards are already making their way to retail channels across the globe, so expect a hard launch for this one.
It is confirmed that AMD has changed its mind for the second time and will launch the Radeon HD 6000 Series on 22 October 2010. The launch was initially slated for 12 October but was pushed back a week to the 19th prior to this. Fudzilla has also confirmed that the Radeon HD 6000 Series will launch on the 22nd.
AMD will be releasing the Radeon HD 6870 and Radeon HD 6850 cards first. Based on previously leaked benchmarks by some Chinese websites, the Radeon HD 6870 will only be a little faster than an overclocked Radeon HD 5850. There sure is some name-play going on here; the x800 naming convention has traditionally been given to high-end single GPU cards but it seems that the Radeon HD 6870 and HD 6850 will be replacements for the current HD 5700 Series instead.
It is almost certain that the new high-end (wow, confusing) will be labelled under as the Radeon HD 6900 Series instead.
Challenge brought forth by HD 6800
Since the Radeon HD 6800 Series is a mid-high segment card, this could be the reason why NVIDIA is confident of getting back into the game (at least till the end of 2010). NVIDIA’s current line-up of GeForce GTX 460 and GTS 450 GPUs are based off crippled GF104 and GF106. Hence, a fully enabled GF104 (with higher clock-speeds) should be able to resist the challenge brought forth by the HD 6870. (We are still curious how NVIDIA will handle AMD’s Radeon HD 6900 Series though.)
Dealers have already been asked to place their orders and Radeon HD 6870 and HD 6850 cards are indeed making their way to retail channels across the globe. The yield issues may very well still be present – a speculation fuelled by AMD’s unusual shift in naming convention.
Stock is set to arrive at their destinations before the end of next week so we are currently expecting 22 October to be a hard launch. We wouldn’t be surprised if these cards popped up on e-tail for a little air time before their official launch though. It would be interesting to see how AMD would price the Radeon HD 6870 and HD 6850 against NVIDIA’s offerings and their own current generation.