Fudzilla reports that AMD’s upcoming Radeon HD 6970 is set to retail at $450, effectively bisecting the GTX 570 and GTX 580 on price. The release date is scheduled for December 15th, with decent availability expected. Radeon HD 6950 is also schedules for December 15th, although with lesser quantities.

Fudzilla reports that AMD’s upcoming Radeon HD 6970 is set to retail at
$450, effectively bisecting the GTX 570 and GTX 580 on price. The
release date is scheduled for December 15th, with decent availability
expected. Radeon HD 6950 is also schedules for December 15th, although with lesser quantities.

The Radeon HD 6950’s price is suggested to be under $330. However, with the HD 6870’s prices now inflated to on average of $260, and considering the possibility of excess demand at release, the launch prices may be closer to $350.

While the rumour mill is working overtime, performance indications are fairly divided. The pricing does seem to suggest that the Radeon HD 6970 will end up slightly slower or on par with GTX 580, but then, the Radeon HD 4870 was similarly expected to end up slower than the $100 pricier GTX 260 (HD 4870 was faster) back in 2008.

One of the reasons for the delay from the original November 22nd launch is suggested to be driver tweaking. Being a new architecture, and AMD’s most major revision since 2007, driver optimizations will undoubtedly result in significant benefits.

Reference: Fudzilla, Fudzilla