not surprisingly, it appears nvidia is pulling what they did with their last major release. Paper launch, followed by an actual launch months later. The R500 might actually be the 6800's competition...
All i know is that they are coming out too long after i already ordered my X800 and from the sounds of all the reviews. Sounds like its going to come a little short in performace as well when it gets here. I guess only time will tell with the cards but I sold my 9800 Pro for a REAL good price, so i cant wait for nvidia to get their "shortage" sorted out while i have a pooter w/o a vid card.
I read that they are having trouble with IBM, not because of yeilds but because IBM is having trouble fitting NV into their schedual to fab enough chips. not that NV could go elsewhere as TSMC and UMC are both booked solid for months IIRC. ATI seems to be having similar problems as evidenced by how few x800pros have shipped and the non-existance of the x800xt
From what I understand , at least with the ATI cards it the shortage of GDDR3 memory. I am in the same boat. I sold my 9800xt while it was still worth something now I must suffer an mx 440 until the x800xt PE appears