Not even released or officially announced, the upcoming dual-GPU Radeon HD 3850 X2 seems to be crawling towards the discrete graphics market but entering through a second story window. What this means is that the dual-RV670 card can already be seen on AMD's radar in the PC Vendor ID list. This list features "current shipping hardware" but as it turns out, it includes a few cards that are nowhere to be found like the ATI Mobility Radeon 3870 X2 and a mobile version of the 3850 X2 too.
Bearing the 9506 ID number, the Mobility Radeon HD 3850 X2 suggests that not only is AMD preparing a new desktop card, but is looking to bring the X2 series to the mobile segment, likely to counter notebooks equipped with GeForce 8 SLI setups. Or it could just be typo - either way though, the 9800 GTX will have to compete with the 3850 X2 before the end of Q2.