Radeon HD 5870: Only minor quantities at launch on mainstream market
Reportedly Dell and AMD work closely while developing the Radeon HD 5870. It's that close that only a fractional amount of the first units might reach the end customer market.
On the occasion of the soon to be released new graphics card generation AMD seems to have made a greater deal with Dell. Hexus.net reports about an agreement where the bigger part of the produced Radeon HD 5870 graphics cards will directly be shipped to Dell. Just in time for the Windows 7 launch Dell wants to offer a new desktop PC series. Supposedly only ten percent of the produced 5800 graphics cards are made for the end customer market.
Furthermore it is reported that the first amount of graphics chips delivered by TSMC will contain 50,000 to 100,000 units. The ration between the produced Radeon HD 5870 and 5850 cards is said to be 4:1.
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