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AMD decided to pretty much piss off any editor today by lifting the NDA for the Radeon HD 4850 which was supposed to launch next week. For yours truly this means havoc, AMD had a press-meeting on Tuesday which we flew into. We returned yesterday with a card and started benchmarking. Normally it takes us 4-5 days to finish up a reference review so you can imaging that the press is pretty surprised to see the NDA being lifted today, completely out of the blue.


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Edited by Mhill2029 - 6/19/08 at 9:44am
 
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Sweet. Now briing on the 4870, that's what I'm waiting for.
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Do think something could be read into the fact that Nvidia launches their top end card first and ATi launches their lower end card first?
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Originally Posted by Kamakazi View Post
Do think something could be read into the fact that Nvidia launches their top end card first and ATi launches their lower end card first?
Hmm...I don't think so, because I can see solid business arguments to do either way:

Top end card first:
Pros: Get the most profitable card out first while the hype machine is at its peak. People who might otherwise buy a lower end card are likely to buy the more powerful card.
Cons: Lower overall uptake on your big "launch day" as the non-enthusiest masses wait for the more affordable 2nd or 3rd tier card to come out.

Low end card first:
Pros: Higher overall uptake on your big "launch day" as the non-enthusiest masses snatch these up. Less profit per card, but you're selling a lot more; possibly even selling out, which increases the hype even more.
Cons: The "hardcore" enthusiests won't like having to wait, but they are a minority (albeit an important vocal minority).
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Hmm by the sounds of the article it sounds like it's going to be a mammoth setup in crossfire.

Good thing I have one of these coming to test out! I may buy another one and do a tri-fire 3870 setup vs. crossfire 4850 comparo!
Edited by NCspecV81 - 6/19/08 at 10:15am
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they should do 4 of them in a spider platform.
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Lot's of single HD4850 Benches (stock and with some OC) together with current Cards:

http://www.pcgameshardware.de/aid,64...k-Test/&page=1

Site is German but I'm sure you can read the diagrams ;o)
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SO the 4850 is coming out early??? What does "lifted" mean?
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SO the 4850 is coming out early??? What does "lifted" mean?
it means that websites can finally talk about them and post reviews about them without being sued by AMD.
    
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SO the 4850 is coming out early??? What does "lifted" mean?
They "lifted"(got rid of or allowed) the Non Disclosure Agrement between early sample receivers , so you can pretty much state all the tech info
of what it can /can't do in a review now.
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