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High end card shortage due to lack of GDDR3

Mystery sort of revealed
Mon Oct 11 2004, 10:08
SOURCES WITHIN THE GRAPHIC industry confirmed that delays of high end graphics cards are being heavily affected by a shortage of high clocked GDDR 3 memory.

ATI won't even talk about the X800XT PE and its availability, and we know that there are not that many X800XT cards in retail either. The firm is reacting to press questions with that classic spin technique, silence. The spinners probably think that if they say nothing, everyone will forget about it, presumably.

As for Nvidia, it was telling us that it was actually shipping Geforce 6800 Ultra as crazy through their partners and that there are no shortages. The situation on the ground is a completely different story altogether, we have learned that the 6800 Ultras are hardly available in etail or in retail.

As we reported last week, you can barely find X800XT PE, X800XT or Geforce 6800 Ultras.

We are puzzled why the graphic companies haven't just said the delay partially caused by shortage of DDR 3 memory. I don't think they are afraid of the memory guys, are they?

ATI is, however, openly saying to its partners that it still has shortages of X800 cards because it's not that easy to get desired speed of the memory. But it is keeping that information quiet to the press. We still don't know why. Aren't we valued partners too?

We can confirm that the Greens - Nvidia - can get a satisfactory number of cores to run at GT and Ultra speeds but still you don't see many of these products sitting on shelves waiting for hard working consumers to shell out the appropriate amount of dosh.

We expect Nvidia and ATI to comment on this matter. But we suspect that in different huddles at the different companies they're probably muttering about press scumbags again. It was ever thus. µ


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