According to DigiTimes in Taipei, the next-gen NVIDIA GPU architecture, Fermi, which supports DirectX 11, has been delayed. The chips were originally supposed to launch last month, but the GPU giant has been beset by delays and defects in the architecture, forcing a switch to first January and now March of next year.
Given the recent problems NVIDIA has had with chip and solder failures rising post-shipment, it’s no surprise that they want to be sure and get this one right. Meanwhile, AMD, who has enjoyed nothing but praise for its most recent generation of Radeon HD5XXX series graphics cards, is no doubt licking its lips with anticipation. Their 40nm Radeon HD5670, HD 5570—Redwood core— and HD 5450—Cedar core— are currently set to launch sometime late in January or early in February.
The delays put NVIDIA subtantially behind its rival ATI–both in performance, in value for the dollar, in power consumption and even in technology (like DirectX 11). That may not matter, however, if NVIDIA plays its cards right. The GPU market is in constant turmoil, and one month this card claims the performance crowd while next month a different one does. Rumors say that NVIDIA’s Fermi isn’t powerful enough to truly compete with ATI’s new cards, but a lot can change in just a few months, and only time will tell.