Ten more days and the whole non-Nvidia fanboys out there will be able to get their hands on the new Radeon HD 4850 and 4870 cards. As it usually goes, the first wave of cards will be based on the reference model with only a more or less pretty box art and sticker making the difference between models from various manufacturers.
Of course, there's also price but the new RV770 cards and especially the Radeon HD 4850 is already set to have a good performance/price ratio. One example is Diamond Multimedia's own HD 4850 which is now listed (but out of stock) with a price tag of just $199.99. This price will get you a PCI-Express 2.0 card with an RV770 chip clocked at 625 MHz and 512 MB of memory set to 2000 MHz and a single-slot cooling system equipped with some pretty eVIL artwork. The vampire meets Predator skull-like drawing is certainly more eye-catching than those depicting warriors or cvasi-pretty ladies but that's just an opinion. It's the performance we're interesting in anyway.