Both chips taped out a while ago which discards a problem with production; Radeon 9800s boards are still expected to be available by mid-April while 9600s could be delayed as much as two months...
[COLOR=royalblue]It is possible that the RADEON 9600-series will appear in some stores in early May or even in April, nevertheless, sources said that single graphics cards in single stores do not necessary mean wide-availability.
RADEON 9600 and 9600 PRO graphics processors are based on the improved R300 architecture, manufactured using 0.13 micron technology, support DirectX 9.0 features and implement 4 rendering pipelines. The RADEON 9600 PRO works at 400/600MHz for core and DDR SDRAM memory, while the non-PRO solution boasts with 325/400MHz core and memory frequencies. Pricing information is still not available.[/COLOR]
In case you missed it yesterday, we posted a review/comparison of the Crucial Radeon 9700 Pro and the Sapphire Atlantis 9500 Pro.