More AMD Radeon HD 6970 specifications leaked, but expect card to be delayed

Earlier on, we had information that AMD’s upcoming Radeon HD 6970 will be clocked at 860MHz and has 2GB of GDDR5 memory. New information leaked on the web suggests the HD 6970 will have 1536 stream processors, 32 ROPs and 96 texture units. However, sources are now saying that the HD 6970 will not make it for a November 22 launch as the final cards are not ready yet…

Earlier on, we had information that AMD’s upcoming Radeon HD 6970 will be clocked at 860MHz and has 2GB of GDDR5 memory. The card is about 11″ and sports a rather large blower. One 8-pin and one 6-pin PCI Express power connector powers the upcoming AMD powerhouse and TDP is loosely estimated to be between 225W and 300W.

New information leaked on the web suggests the HD 6970 will have 1536 stream processors, 32 ROPs and 96 texture units. The graphics core is expected to be clocked at 860MHz, but how fast the 2GB GDDR5 memory will be clocked at is still unknown.

Despite having nearly the full set of information about the HD 6970, sources are now saying that the HD 6970 will not make it for a November 22 launch as the final cards are not ready yet. AMD’s partners are apparently not very happy with the current progress – both the GPU and final boards are still not ready yet, with the original launch date just two weeks from now. Partners are definitely hoping for an on-time release of the HD 6970 to bolster graphics cards sales leading into the Christmas shopping season.

AMD could still proceed with the November 22 date, but it might be a paper launch, or only very, very selected partners and media will have Radeon HD 6970 samples. At the moment, availability (in decent numbers) is expected only December 2010 earliest.

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