Radeon/Geforce: Rumored roadmaps and pricing of the new graphics cards
The rumor mill spreads a new roadmap with new Radeon and Geforce graphics cards: HD 5870 and HD 5850 are close while Nvidia's GT300 is expected around the turn of the year.
It's not just all over town that the HD 5870/5850 will officially be released in a few days, but every Internet user is absolutely well informed - due to AMD's consequently supervised NDA policy for the new DirectX 11 graphics cards. PC Games Hardware already reported about leaked HD 5870 information.
According to the latest reports the DirectX 11 middle-class in form of the HD 5770 and HD 5750 - both based on the Juniper chip - will follow in mid or late October close to the launch of Windows 7. Those cards are supposed to cost 199 respectively 149 USD. The same sources at vr-zone estimate that the HD 5850 will cost between 249 and 299 USD while the HD 5870 is expected to change hands for 349 to 399 USD. A Cypress based dual GPU graphics card with the codename Hemlock is expected in November for 499 to 599 USD. The entry-level market is expected to be supplied in Q1 2010 with Redwood chips (99 to 119 USD) and Cedar (less than 99 USD).
The same speculations say that Nvidia doesn't just suffer from a low GT300 yield rate - a piece of information that is supposedly based on a story of BSN (brightsideofnews.com) which again is probably based on a translation mistake (dates in the original Japanese text were translated to percent figures). It is more important - again according to vr-zone - that Nvidia's first DirectX 11 chip GT300 won't hit the markets until late 2009 or early 2010. The mainstream and entry-level spin-offs aren't expected until Q2 2010 - at the same time the architecture shrink to 32/28 nanometers of the HD 5870 chip Cypress is expected, too.
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