|Originally posted by hayesb2
Yale - How are you so sure that the M10 will not be coming in April? At this point I am assuming everything is specualtion. Its been mentioned here around June, but most other newssites seem to point to a march/april release. I believe alot of us waiting are being optimistic in hopes to make the wait not "seem so bad"
I don't know about anyone else's source but my source is a next door neighbour from Texas who works as an engineer at ATI's digital TV division. We live literally within view of the 2 ATI owned buildings and their one rented building in suburban north Toronto. I think he walks to work. While he isn't in the division responsible for the Radeons, he says he hasn't heard of any delays anywhere in the company that would preclude an early spring launch. He noted the approximately 3-6 month cycle for desktop cards and 6 month cycle for mobile. We saw laptops with the M9 (Radeon 9000) starting last fall, the laptops with 7500 were around since spring last year so it's reasonable to conclude this spring, not summer, release of complete systems with M10.
Here's some more food for thought indirectly related to this discussion: The mobile version is every OTHER desktop. In recent times, these have been the desktop models: Radeon 7500, 8500, 9000, 9500, 9700 and now simalteneously 9600/9800. The mobiles have been based on 7500, 9000 and now the 9700. The 9800's improvement over the 9700 is a slight increase in clock speed but the 9700's improvement over the 9000 is, among other things, a huge expansion of the data bus to 256 bits (quite more significant than a increase in clockspeed of 50 MHz which is about 16%).
If you get a Sager with M10 this spring, you'll have a half year ahead of anyone else with non-Clevo notebooks to enjoy the world's best mobile graphics. For example, Sony's current model still uses the 7500 and their GRV680, their first with the M9 (Rad 9000) which I saw at CES in Las Vegas last month, is not due until sometime in early March from what their rep said. Therefore, a Sager with M10 bought early in the cycle this spring should have the most kickass graphics until spring 2004 reletive to the industry as a whole (Clevo ½ year ahead, ½ year supremecy of that latest graphics). That represents the most optimized value for the money...a year being a very long time in this business.