According to Tom’s Hardware, AMD has delayed the release of its new Radeon 4800 series graphics cards until June 23 instead of the originally planned date of June 18.
Apparently AMD made the decision because Nvidia is launching their new GeForce GTX 260 and 280 graphics cards on June 17, which is one day before the originally planned release date of the Radeon 4850 512MB GDDR3 (the launch card). Since the GTX 260/280 are not competitors of the 4850, it makes sense to delay the release a week so the press is ready for its launch.
AMD’s partners are not pleased with the decision, as they have the cards ready to go or can get them within 24 hours. In addition to delaying the launch of the 4850 512MB GDDR3 a week, AMD is also planning to release the 4870 GDDR5 at the same time. It is unknown at this time whether there is enough GDDR5 memory to start shipping the 4870 in volume.
The breakdown . . .
June 17: Nvidia to launch GeForce GTX 260 and 280
June 23: AMD launches Radeon 4850 512MB GDDR3 and 4870 GDDR5