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Some ATI vendors should learn from XFX/BFG. Black PCB

Atleast they should have used a dual slot for it. Looks like the same exact design, just a stretched shroud
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Some ATI vendors should learn from XFX/BFG. Black PCB

Atleast they should have used a dual slot for it. Looks like the same exact design, just a stretched shroud
To us, the enthusiast, that sounds like the best outcome, a dual slot version of the 4850 BUT to alot of people, it being dual slot would cause a lot of problems for them (such as blocking what could be vital ports etc.) and as such limits the market for the chip, which would not be in the best interests of Sapphire.

If they were later to release a modification of this card, with a dual slot, then it could benefit them if they still found part of the market to be lacking for them (aka the enthusiasts), but the true enthusiasts are more likely to go for it's bigger brother (The 4870) anyway are they not?

Remember, this card is a 1gb version of a low-mid range card.

How many low-mid range cards use a dual slot cooler?

I'm not a big fan of the crappy cooler they're using, the design isn't to my taste. We, the enthusiast can always rip it off and replace it though.
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Interesting... now only if it had GDDR4, and a $250 price tag, I wouldn't mind this.
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Interesting... now only if it had GDDR4, and a $250 price tag, I wouldn't mind this.
Sounds suspiciously like you'd just want to buy a 4870, with GDDR5.

I wouldn't want it to have GDDR4 either, it would cost too much and would bring it so close to the price of the 4870 that it wouldn't be worth buying.
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Anybody remember the 8800GT 1GB version?
That was full of win..NOT
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Anybody remember the 8800GT 1GB version?
That was full of win..NOT
Yeah, it has a bit too low of a memory bandwidth to really take advantage of the extra RAM. That and the fact that most games don't use all of the RAM.

However for future games and some current games 1GB is nice to have. I'm sure the 4870 will benefit from it a bit more. The performance hit from adding AA and AF is already nice and low on these cards though, so I guess it will mostly help with large textures and resolution.

Can't wait to see the benchmarks on 1GB 4870s (and 4850s, but to a lesser extent) though!
    
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yeah a 4870 with 1gb gddr5 is going to be epic
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For mapping the extra memory is VERY useful.
Source Hammer editor likes to eat up mem when your making a complicated map.
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Anyone remember the HD 2900XT 1gb? I had one and it was pretty phail.
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Anybody remember the 8800GT 1GB version?
That was full of win..NOT
The 4850 is a good deal faster than the 8800GT.

Regardless, I think the 1GiB 4850s will only really come in handy in crossfire.
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