Further evidence points to Radeon HD 5830 launch in February

— 9:15 AM on January 27, 2010

Another source has now joined in with rumors about an upcoming Radeon HD 5830 graphics card from AMD. Quoting graphics card makers, DigiTimes reports that AMD initially aimed for a January 25 launch, but a "last minute issue" that cropped up during the validation process prompted a delay.

DigiTimes adds that Radeon HD 5830 products probably won't show up in stores until early February "at the earliest." Reportedly, the issue had to do with Radeon HD 5830 boards' circuits and "is triggering an error on card makers' software testing platforms." AMD is said to be investigating the problem, although DigiTimes got no such statement from the company itself.

Previous reports have suggested that the Radeon HD 5830 may launch on February 5 with a $239 price tag and could perform on par with the old Radeon HD 4890.

As we noted last week, the arrival of a card like the Radeon HD 5830 could plug a somewhat large gap in AMD's lineup. The firm currently has no DirectX 11 products between the Radeon HD 5770 1GB at around $160 and the Radeon HD 5850 at $290. The logical mid-point between those two would fall at around $225, but AMD hasn't been afraid to charge a premium for its DirectX 11 offerings.

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