IN RESPONSE TO AMD bringing the launch of its new 4890 card forward from April 9th to April 2nd, Nvidia has decided it wants to crash the party, moving its GTX275 launch to 2nd April too, only problem being, there aren't even samples available yet.
The GTX275 (Nvidia's cut-down and rebranded 295) was originally aimed for release on April 6th. The INQ was told the Green Goblin had notified e-tailers that that date was unrealistic and had been pushed back until at least April 14th. But now it's been rushed forward again - albeit with no stock to show for it - to April 2nd, in direct response to AMD's launch of its real, and actually-existing 4890s.
Surely Nvidia realises it will look like a complete tit when launch date comes around and there's no cards to be had, right? Wrong. Nvidia's spin team has been working overtime to come up with a fittingly slippery excuse, and has decided that if pushed on the subject, it will just claim the press and launch embargo is set to be lifted April 2nd, while the actual E-tail availability is still April 14th. And yes, they do expect us to swallow this steaming pile of cobblers
E-tailers have been told they can start selling the GTX 275 as soon as they receive stock. In the meanwhile, any e-tailer who wants to list the 275 can do so from April 2nd, even if they won't have the goods (goods?) for another couple of weeks.
Shocked crowd: "Oh look! The emperor has no clothes!"
Team Green: "Ehem, *cough*, oh yes he does... you,er, just won't be able to see them for another two weeks..."µ
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