After suffering from manufacturing woes on some recent product launches, Nvidia may have a reason to crow. While it was able to release its GeForce GTX 580 graphics card yesterday, AMD's similarly high-powered Radeon HD 6900 line may be suffering from some glitches that could delay its arrival to retail.
The so-called Cayman series, which comprises the Radeon HD 6970 and 6950, is supposedly due to launch on November 22, but rumors are flying that some of AMD's partners, who will be offering the cards that the public will buy, still haven't received the boards they need and the BIOS hasn't been finalized. The culprit appears to be a poor manufacturing batch, with yields reportedly in the single digits.
The fallout from a delay could be considerable. AMD's latest and greatest might miss the valuable holiday shopping season if it slips too much further from its original release date. It would also leave the GTX 580 alone as the card for gamers to upgrade to in the near future, when it was expected to receive stiff competition from the 6970.
Nvidia has been the one on the ropes, especially with a lackluster introduction of its Fermi cards a few months back, but this time out it may be the one that appears nimbler than the competition.