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Read up on the HD 6970 here http://www.fudzilla.com/graphics/item/20953-amd-cayman-further-detailed Click on the slides link at bottom of the article.
The information is good, the problem is, there is very little of it. At this date I would have hoped that AMD would have lifted it's TBD. It is late in the year, nVidea has already released the GTX 580. What is AMD waiting on? At least provide specs.
I doubt that AMD has more work to do in silicon, so my question is, if AMD released more information will people believe that nVidea's best will be a better card and those people waiting for the HD 6970 will jump on the GTX 580?
I do not know the answer because AMD is not talking. If AMD is not talking, anything on paper, I am beginning to wonder if the product will launch this year at all. The only viable reason for the delay that I can understand is the fab plant is unable to provide good yields, and that will mean both delays and higher cost. How can AMD cut cost on a part with very low yields.
And, speaking of costs, Obama's planned price hikes and higher taxes go into effect after the end of this year. With a weak dollar I do not know how prices will be able to go down. Weak dollar and low yields do not sound like it will be easy for any company to reduce prices. Probably the biggest factor that might help keep prices low for a while is the fact that so many millions of people are out of work and many millions of others are thinking about holding on to what money they have, because of the bleak [miserable] economic and job outlook.
I do not think TSMC has done anyone any favors with delays.
Even with all of the gloom, no 32nm, and lately, poor 40nm yields I am still interested in what the HD 6970 will look like and how it will perform.
EDIT: A typo fixed. Sorry, I did not check this post for spelling.
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