According to what we have heard from our sources, a lot of graphics cards vendors do not expect to get their hands on the NV30 graphics chip from NVIDIA this year due to several reasons that remain undisclosed. Among the others is a very big Taiwan and China-based company, who is often supplied with the GPUs among the first.
The sources revealed that the company does have plans to offer its clients the NV30-based graphics cards, however, not this year. They did not want to discuss the reasons of delay and there is no information about their rivals’ products powered by the same VPU. Unfortunately, presently there are also no details about the actual graphics cards powered by the on the novelty.
I want to remind you that according to NVIDIA’s Derek Perez, the Santa Clara based graphics chips developer wants to announce the next-generation NV30 architecture on the 18th of November at Comdex Fall (see this news-story). In fact, the GeForce3 was also announced a couple of month before the appearance on the market, so, there is nothing special in the fact that NVIDIA will delay the actual products again.
Of course, in order to keep the word that was given to the investors, the company may sell 500 to 1500 NV30-based graphics cards to enthusiasts after the Comdex Fall and then continue to improve the yield of the wafers so to cut the manufacturing expenses before launching the NV30 massively in January or February.
No surprise at all. Paper launch anyone?
A whole 1,000 NV30's? Wow.
If someone wants the best videocard out now and for the next few months, the Radeon 9700 is it. Heck, ATI is already showing off Radeon 9700's with DDR II.
And as soon as the NV30 comes out in mass, ATI will follow that shortly with the R350.