ATI's R600 delayed until next year?

— 9:27 AM on September 14, 2006

Shortly after the appearance of rumors that Nvidia's G80 graphics processor has been delayed, the G80's rival from the red team is now the subject of similar reports. According to a story by The Inquirer, ATI's R600 graphics processor won't make it to store shelves until next year. The story says Nvidia may end up with as much as a three-month lead over ATI, which could place the R600's release in early February at the latest. Nvidia is reportedly planning to launch the G80 in early November, with a tech day for the press scheduled for late October.

Of course, the G80 was previously expected in September or October, with the R600 to follow in December, so this rumored interval is really nothing new. Such gaps between the introductions of next-generation GPUs are also nothing out of the ordinary: last year, Nvidia's GeForce 7800 GTX launched in late June, while it took until early October for ATI to strike back with the Radeon X1800 XT. And many will remember the GeForce FX 5800, which came out nearly a full year after ATI's Radeon 9700 Pro.

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