ATI Radeon HD 6990 delayed

November 10, 2010 // 2:32 p.m.

Tags: #amd #antilles #ati #cayman #radeon-hd-6990

As well as the CPU roadmap from AMD, the company's graphics business unit ATI had a few things to say to investors at the company's analyst day, and there's some bad news for anyone looking for the company's response to the Nvidia GeForce GTX 580.

According to GPU roadmaps offered to analysts, the ATI Radeon HD 6990 dual-GPU graphics card won't be available until the first quarter of next year. While it's not a major delay, it gives the Nvidia GTX 580, which Nvidia claims is the fastest DirectX 11 card around, time to gain traction in the market place.

The company also confirmed that its ATI Radeon HD 6970 and ATIRadeon HD 6950 are still set for launch in this quarter, although the roadmap doesn't detail a firm date as to when the cards will appear from its board partners.

While the Cayman-based Radeon HD 6970 GPU will give ATI a high-performance competitor to rival Nvidia's GTX 580, many were hoping to see the Radeon HD 6990 dual-GPU card, previously codenamed Antilles, this year.

The company also used the analyst event to sneak out the codenames for a pair of planned budget-range GPUs, designed to replace the ageing ATI Radeon HD 5770 and Radeon HD 5750 models. Although specifications weren't discussed, the GPUs, codenamed Turks and Caicos, are expected to launch in the first quarter of next year.

Are you disappointed that the dual-GPU Radeon HD 6990 won't be appearing in time for Christmas, or pleased that ATI is taking its time with its response to Nvidia's GTX 580? Share your thoughts over in the forum.
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