hold back the flames. i seriously doubt the veracity of the alleged cards and release dates. after several manufacturers had very good results with massdrop as a new distribution channel and with shiploads of 10xx cards unsold, there is no business reason to launch at this time. now, if there was a huge promotion behind the unsold 10xx cards - before the release of 11xx, i might believe Christmas as the release date. as for Gamescom, i love Germany, but the event (and the market) is too small for such a major reveal. with the pent-up enthusiast demand, CES is much more apropos for a launch than an obscure gamer convention. this smells too much like wishful thinking and/or driving up sales of passes for the convention. we have to remember this is a business, and that the shareholders take priority over everything. taking a bath with unused backstock eats into profits and therefore stock price. as a fan, i wish this was true. i have a good home waiting for the 1180.