We will soon start talking about pipeline numbers, memory and those other details but that's still a grey area. We do know that ATI is actually stockpiling these cards as it can not release them before its potential flagship R520 comes out.
You have to release the high end and later you go out and support it with mainstream and entry level cards. If you think about it you cannot release RV530 and RV515 until you sell all of the X800 and X700 as those cards are Shader Model 2.0 only. If ATI did that, it would kill all sales of those cards.
We know that some of these cards are floating off the shores of Taiwan as ATI is happy that it can show them off. But they are all on hold until sometime in Octobar or until ATI finally releases its R520 for the general public and follows up with mainstream and low end entry level parts mentioned before, the RV530 and RV515.
So the company finds itself in something of a tricky situation. µ
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