You’ll first notice that ATI is releasing their cards slightly out of order this time around. ATI’s approach may be to corner off NVIDIA before a next generation replacement for the 6200 series shows up. NVIDIA actually has a current generation 6200 replacement already, the GeForce 6500 (geared specifically to target the Radeon X550). Our sources say the GeForce 6500 will fall somewhere between the performance of a 6600LE and a GeForce 6200, but at a much lower price point than the 6600LE.
We have obscured the launch times of these cards intentionally.
ATI Roadmaps Unmasked??
It looks like Anandtech has spilled the beans on the upcoming release of ATI’s next generation GPU series, the R5xx. Unfortunately, with the dates they have listed at least, things still aren’t looking up quite yet.