ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 - AMD Back On Top

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The Radeon HD 4800 series didn't exactly overwhelm NVIDIA's GTX 200 series with raw performance. In fact, the GeForce GTX 280 and 9800 GX2 were more powerful than the Radeon HD 4870. The Radeon HD 4800 series cards, however, were still excellent cards and they were offered at extremely competitive prices, which put significant pressure on NVIDA. At the time of their launch, the Radeon HD 4850 and Radeon HD 4870 were both less expensive and more powerful than the GeForce 9800 GTX and GeForce GTX 260, respectively. Since then, NVIDIA has reacted with a quick round of price cuts.

While enthusiasts were contemplating the purchase of a new Radeon or GeForce, AMD then planted another seed and released some concrete details regarding the Radeon HD 4870 X2, as if to say, "Yeah, we've got you covered at the $300 price point and a new, ultra powerful behemoth is coming real soon too. Maybe you should hold onto your upgrade money for a bit?"

That behemoth is the Radeon HD 4870 X2 and it arrives today. As its name suggests, the card features two RV770 GPUs running in tandem, for what is effectively a Radeon HD 4870 CrossFire configuration on a single PCB. Other than its pair of GPUs, however, the Radeon HD 4870 X2 has a few more differentiating factors we're now able to tell you about. Read on for the full scoop...

ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 - AMD Back On Top



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warlord replied on Tue, Aug 12 2008 12:13 AM
Good to see Ati back squarely in the game. If you listen real close you can hear it. The sound of prices falling on Nvidia gear.

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Marco C replied on Tue, Aug 12 2008 12:14 AM
When that Radeon HD 4850 X2 hits, things are going to get even more interesting.

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The numbers speak for themselves... the X2 is 1 helluva GFX powerhouse!!!

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Look at the power consumption with two of them. Yowza. :O

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Dave_HH replied on Tue, Aug 12 2008 1:16 AM
Yeah, better make sure your PSU is up to the task but that goes with any high-end graphics setup these days. The 4850 X2 should be a lot more reasonable.

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Great read. The price is a little out of my league. 4850 X2 is a little closer. Love to see some competition again. That's why I was able to get a 9600gt for $85.
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3vi1 replied on Tue, Aug 12 2008 12:06 PM
I agree with warlord: This is great news for the consumer, no matter whether they're buying AMD or nVidia.

I was beginning to get afraid that nVidia would rest on their laurels and cut research in favor of profit, with the lead they've had on AMD/ATI as of late.

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jtm55 replied on Tue, Aug 12 2008 12:49 PM

 Hi All

This card will be going into a new build that I'm getting ready to start. Cherisse my lovely Wife needs a new machine, so I'm giving Her my present one & will be building a new Monster Rig that'll be able to address all of my needs.

ASUS Z7S WS

EVGA 295 GTX

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Windows 7 Ultimate

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First Nvidia, then Intel.Surprise

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Super Dave:

News:
 

First Nvidia, then Intel.Surprise

 

 Lets hope so. Intel has been known in the past to sit on new cpus.

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