AMD facing overall Radeon HD 6000 Series shortage?

With limited availability of the new AMD Radeon HD 6870 and Radeon HD 6850 cards, rising retail prices, and a lengthy delay of the Radeon HD 6970′s launch, are things getting not too rosy for the red camp?

Even though AMD’s official response is that they will ship the Radeon HD 6900 Series late as the HD 6800 Series, HD 5800 Series and HD 5970 are doing well, our source who happens to be in the retail business as well, simply said that the Radeon HD 6870 and HD 6850 are in shortage. There is hardly any new stock available for order at the moment and whatever you see on retail shelves are what came in during the initial launch period.

Just last week, Radeon HD 6870 and HD 6850 prices have risen owing to inconsistent availability. And earlier on, we also mentioned about the shortage of a rather new DrMOS component, which is used on the Radeon HD 6800 Series, and will also be used on the Radeon HD 6900 Series. Our source also suggested that the shortage would last for months, so perhaps we’ll be looking at the end of Q1 2011?

On the other hand, NVIDIA was really late to the party back then, does not seem to have any problems getting its (revised) chips out. While the GeForce GTX 580 from your favorite brand may not be readily available, but stock is constantly made available to partners (top tiers definitely get them first and in larger quantities).

The GeForce GTX 570, as we have mentioned above, will also be available at launch. Well, it should be, as NVIDIA would already have some GF110s around that do not make the cut.

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