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A market rumour claims that AMD's graphics business unit will delay the release of the highly-anticipated next-generation Radeon HD 6000-series by several weeks from the originally set schedule in the second half of October, 2010.

Apparently, AMD Radeon HD 6000-series graphics cards, the first graphics card to carry AMD brand instead of ATI, will only be released sometimes in November, a news-story at DigiTimes web-site claims. The reason for the delay is not exactly named, but the general suggestion is that AMD's graphics business unit wants to supply enough cards to the channel in ahead of launch.

Not a lot is known about the code-named Northern Islands family of products. The new family of graphics processing units will offer higher performance compared to currently available ATI Radeon HD 5000 “Evergreen” line as well as new universal video decoder 3.0, but will hardly be considerably more advanced in terms of feature-set. It is rumoured that designers of the new GPUs concentrated mostly on improving efficiency, but not on building something completely new from scratch, which is why certain building blocks of the new family will be inherited from the current Evergreen line.

ATI division of AMD did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: ATI, AMD, Radeon, Northern Islands, Southern Islands

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Are Southern Islands chips suffering from the same low yield issues as Evergreen?
0 0 [Posted by: GavinT  | Date: 09/29/10 03:09:04 PM]
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looks like 5800 series owners have no reason to upgrade
0 0 [Posted by: LedHed  | Date: 09/29/10 04:40:08 PM]
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3. 
This news is not up-to-date.

October 18, 2010.
This is the day AMD will unveil the new, now AMD branded, Radeon 6850 and 6870 cards. The 5k series was a great card for performance per watt, which has been AMD's strategy with the last generation of GPU. This generation kicks it up a few notches...The 6870 will compete with the current 5850.
http://www.tweaktown.com/..._on_october_18/index.html

0 0 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 09/29/10 04:49:44 PM]
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you mean 6770 not 6870...
0 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 10/04/10 01:59:52 AM]
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I'm more interested in encoding/transcoding than in game perf.
Intel's chosen the right way w/ SB to win consumer hearts.
0 0 [Posted by: Azazel  | Date: 09/29/10 09:52:18 PM]
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The 6xxx series is planed to be release in Japan on December 1st, that's for sure and no rumor.
0 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 10/04/10 02:00:52 AM]
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