Radeon HD 2900 Pro on the way?
Financial woes aside, AMD is in a tough spot right now in terms of graphics products. The company's Radeon HD 2900 XT wasn't all it was cracked up to be, and Radeon HD 2600-series cards generally fail to trump Nvidia's GeForce 8600-series offerings, especially once you turn up the antialiasing. However, if the folks at Chile Hardware are to be believed, AMD has another Radeon HD card up its sleeve. The site says AMD is preparing a Radeon HD 2900 Pro for the fourth quarter. This card will supposedly be based on the same R600 graphics processor as the Radeon HD 2900 XT, and Chile Hardware says it'll be price somewhere between the GeForce 8600 GTS and GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB. That'd mean somewhere between $180 and $280, but the site says to expect a price around the $200 mark.
A near-$200 R600-based card could be an interesting deal, assuming AMD doesn't remove too many stream processors or cut core and memory clocks too much. That said, Nvidia also expects to introduce new cards in the fourth quarter of this year, so this Radeon HD 2900 Pro—if it indeed exists—could conceivably have to face a similar product from Nvidia before long.