Bright Side of News received confirmation that AMD is on track to release its first Radeon HD 6000 series graphics cards on October 18th, and the site also learned that add-in board makers will have Radeon HD 6000 cards available for sale that week.
Partners are from one side, enthused about the number of products that will be available for launch, but also worried about the performance of the parts now branded as "Radeon HD 6800" series. According to the sources in the know, these parts perform lower than previous-gen HD 5800 Series, given the change AMD made between Evergreen and Southern Islands. The sources from two companies were confused at branding change for AMD, which sees moving the Barts Pro/XT part into the Radeon HD 6800 Series, top-end single-GPU and dual-GPU sharing the "HD 6900" Series name, while the lower end would get typical 6700, 6600, 6500 and 6400. The interesting bit is that some of the numbers are reserved for AMD Fusion parts that will come to market in 2011.