Turns out the rumors are true , AMD's Cayman card (Radeon HD 6970) really is delayed. Originally scheduled to launch later this month, AMD says it's pushing back the release date to December 13, 2010, Fudzilla reports .
"Demand for the ATI Radeon HD 5800 series continues to be very strong, the ATI Radeon HD 5970 remains the fastest graphics card in the world and the newest members of the AMD graphics family, the AMD Radeon HD 6850 and HD 6870, have set new standards for performance at their respective price points, and are available in volume," AMD said in a PR statement.
"With that in mind, we are going to take a bit more time before shipping the AMD Radeon HD 6900 series. As of today, the NDA lift for information relating to the AMD Radeon HD 6950 and HD 6970 will be week 50. We will be providing additional information on these products, including the exact date and time of the NDA lift, in the weeks prior to launch."
That essentially boils down to a three-week delay, which leads us to believe there's more to the story than what AMD is willing to divulge. We don't doubt that current parts are selling well, but if AMD was able to release Cayman in time for the holiday shopping spree, it seems to us they'd want to do that. Fudzilla reckons that the Cayman part might not be quite up to par with Nvidia's GTX 580 videocard and so AMD is simply buying a little time to tweak things, while past reports suggest Texas Instruments has been slow to ship a crucial part used in building the upcoming card.