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[VR-Zone] Radeon HD 4870 X2 R700 Beats GeForce GTX 280

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While we are away for Computex, CJ let us know that the Radeon HD 4870 X2 R700 prototype card is out and it beats the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 in 3DMark Vantage. The R700 card is basically made up of two RV770 GPUs with 2x256-bit memory interface to either GDDR3 or GDDR5 memories. We asked our sources about R700 in Computex and apparently AMD is going to let AIB partners to decide the specs themselves. Therefore, the partners will set their own clock speeds, PCB design, memory types, cooler solutions etc. and there will be Radeon HD 4850 X2 and 4870 X2 cards differentiate by the memory type. The R700 card apparently doing pretty well at this stage scoring about X5500 in 3DMark Vantage Extreme preset while the GeForce GTX 280 card is scoring X4800. Both sides are still working hard on optimizing their drivers for the new architecture so probably we will see the performance to improve over time.
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If everything goes smooth, AMD will unleash its dual-GPU R700 boards before this cruel summer ends. Hot on the heels of the Radeon HD 4850 and 4870 cards, R700 will feature two RV770 GPUs on one board and it seems that, unlike what happened with earlier this year, both the HD 4850 X2 and HD 4870 X2 come pretty much simultaneously.

The HD 4850 X2 and HD 4870 X2 will naturally come with similar features like PCI-Express 2.0, DirectX 10.1 support, 960 Stream Processors and 2x256-bit memory interfaces but will differ through working frequencies and the memory used. The Radeon HD 4870 X2 will go for GDDR5 with clocks likely to be lower than those of the single-GPU-ed HD 4870 while the HD 4850 X2 will utilize GDDR3 memory. No word on actual clocks though. We'll live.

Edited by Marin - 6/6/08 at 12:11am
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nice find...impressive, ATI...
    
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You know what that means...GTX 280GX2
And guys will bite again
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You know what that means...GTX 280GX2
And guys will bite again
Looks like I've found a use for that fusion reactor I built in science class.

/Galidan
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if this thing costs $400 and drops to $350 in 4-8 months that would be awesome
    
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I'm not really surprised. The HD4k series was already looking pretty impressive. And if it's on Vantage Extreme, then it's beating the GTX280 with AA/AF so it seems like they got that issue worked out. Now also add the fact that it will likely be cheaper than the GTX280 and as of now there's no SLI for Nehalem and ATi may have just pwnt Nvidia.

Good luck Nvidia getting two GT200s to fit on one card. I imagine they'll answer this with a die shrank GT200b clocked slightly higher, and it will be called GTX380.
Edited by darkcloud89 - 6/5/08 at 9:46pm
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imagine 2 of them....

brb need a tissue.
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Looks like I've found a use for that fusion reactor I built in science class.

/Galidan
You might have to link it with the fusion reactor I built to get that job done
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imagine 2 of them....

brb need a tissue.
That is exactly what my next video card upgrade is going to be!
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Hmm, 3DMark Vantage. Actual game benchmarks would be nice, because that's all that really matters in the end.

Not saying the X2 will perform worse, I just want more info!
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