ATI keeps delaying. Yesterday we reported that RV630 got delayed till middle of May and today we can confirm that entry level 65 nanometre RV610 chip is also delayed till end of May.
This means you should be able to get the cards in volumes around Computex time. We didn’t get the exact details on what went wrong but the chip got delayed for more than four weeks.
Going from 80 nanometre to 65 is not a walk in the park but it can be done, but obviously not without a obstacles.
Geforce 8600 generation based on G84 is fixed for the mid April launch and G86 an DirectX 10 entry level chips should not launch that far away.
It will be interested to see what kind of excuse ATI / AMD people will come up now as the R600 delay was called as a strategy move. It was a strategy as ATI pushed so many chips that delays became a part of its strategy.
I am sure that this won't make people in Morgan Stanley and other investment houses too happy.