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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.




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That card looks really cool... I want one...
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So the 4870 is 329.99$? A whole 130$ more? For a dual slot cooler + better cooling with about a 10-20% performance lost..... wow.... Save an extra 70$ and buy two of em.... Crossfire.....
    
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LOL @ non-NVidia fanboys. That discounts about 1/2 of this forum!
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So the 4870 is 329.99$? A whole 130$ more? For a dual slot cooler + better cooling with about a 10-20% performance lost..... wow.... Save an extra 70$ and buy two of em.... Crossfire.....
Exactly...

4870X2 > 4870 Crossfire > 4850 Crossfire > 4870 > 4850.
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So the 4870 is 329.99$? A whole 130$ more? For a dual slot cooler + better cooling with about a 10-20% performance lost..... wow.... Save an extra 70$ and buy two of em.... Crossfire.....
4850 is DDR3 while 4870 is DDR5
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So the 4870 is 329.99$? A whole 130$ more? For a dual slot cooler + better cooling with about a 10-20% performance lost..... wow.... Save an extra 70$ and buy two of em.... Crossfire.....
Hopefully they (ATI/vendors) realize this and drop the 3870 down to 249 or 269.
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card design looks cool but wont really be seen in the computer. I havent seen any credible benchmarks yet for these cards or nvidias so the speculation will remain until then. The 4870 should be able to overclock more i would assume with the dual slot cooler and gddr5
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So how good is the 4850? Does it beat the 8800GTX?
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LOL @ non-NVidia fanboys. That discounts about 1/2 of this forum!
I was thinking the same thing!
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