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[CustomPC] AMD to launch Radeon HD 3850 X2

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Source(S):http://www.custompc.co.uk/news/60230...-3850-x2.html#
http://www.nordichardware.com/news,7561.html
New dual GPU graphics card could cost under £150 if the rumours are to be believed

Following on from the release of its Radeon HD 3870 X2 in January, AMD / ATI is apparently planning to release a new X2 card based on its Radeon HD 3850 GPUs in order to entice budget-strapped gamers to the world of dual-GPU graphics.

The tech gossip pros at DigiTimes in Taiwan claim to have spoken to sources in the industry that say the new X2 card will support 512MB (2x 256MB) and 1GB (2x 512MB) memory configurations, using 1.8GHz DDR3 memory. The site claims that the card is scheduled for release in May, and will be positioned against Nvidia's 512MB GeForce 8800 GTS.

The best news, however, is the price. If the information on DigiTimes is correct, and bear in mind that this is all rumour here, then the new X2 cards could be priced as low as $299 US (£149.76) for a 512MB card.

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Radeon HD 3850X2 will sport two RV670 cores running at a yet undetermined frequency, but most likely 668MHz. The memory buffer will be two sets of 256MB GDDR3 memory running at "only" 1.8GHz. However, overclocked versions and even versions with more memory should be expected from partners, which means that you might be able to find Radeon HD 3850X2 cards running at ~750-800MHz core and 1GB memory, perhaps also overclocked.

With the excellent yields, they can keep launching new cards that uses the same core, but in different ways and just start piling up money from the increased sales. The price will be slightly lower, somewhere in the $299-349 range.
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post #2 of 4
Hmm very interesting. A good value dual-GPU card.

I think AMD/ATI is hitting the right market spot here.
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I think I just found my new GPU!

The 9800GX2 isn't worth it's price, and the HD 3870x2 is a little more leet than I want to buy. But this looks pretty nice.
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I wonder if they will launch also something better than the 3870 X2; looks like with the A12 revision clocking better and the addition of GDDR4 they could put out something to compete better with the 9800GX2
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