Monday, June 30th 2008

Radeon HD4870 X2 Readies for Release

Following the recent launch of the ATI Radeon HD 4850 and 4870 GPUs, AMD plans to introduce the high-end dual-GPU HD 4870 X2 by the end of July, according to sources at graphics card vendors. Evaluation samples are schedule to be available in mid-July, and AMD will begin shipping reference design boards with 1GB* GDDR5 memory at the end of the month, the sources detailed. In mid-August, AMD will also begin shipping the 4870 X2 (RV770XT) GPU to partners wishing to design custom cards, the sources added. HD 4870 X2 graphics cards are expected to be priced around US$499, the sources detailed.*unconfirmed reports suggest this card to feature a total of 2GB GDDR5 memorySource: HKEPC
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86 Comments on Radeon HD4870 X2 Readies for Release

#2
Megasty
by: ShadowFold
Dont you mean 599$?
Why would it be $599 when ATi said they won't sell a card over $500
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newtekie1
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by: Megasty
Why would it be $599 when ATi said they won't sell a card over $500
Because it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to sell this card for $500 when two HD4870's would cost you $600. They would be shooting themselves in the foot.
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dark2099
$499 sounds like a great price, especially since the 3870x2 was only $350 when new (or am I wrong on that? ok I think I am wrong considering they still are over $350 new) for what could literally be twice a card a year or 2 later (forgot the actual release date of the 3870x2) only being $50 more than the launch price of the 3870x2, and around $100-150 more than a new 3870x2 is very nice.
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#5
ShadowFold
Yea.. I hope its 500$, I mean that would be great but im 99% sure they would make it 600$.
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#6
newtekie1
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by: dark2099
$499 sounds like a great price, especially since the 3870x2 was only $350 when new (or am I wrong on that?) for what could literally be twice a card a year or 2 later (forgot the actual release date of the 3870x2) only being $50 more than the launch price of the 3870x2, and around $100-150 more than a new 3870x2 is very nice.
I don't remember what the 3870x2 was at release, but I know it wasn't $350.
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dark2099
by: ShadowFold
It was 450$ at launch I think
Yea, just did a quick google, was $450 at launch, I didn't get enough sleep last night.
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#9
MoA
499$ is normal
I think it cost less to make 1 card with 2 chip than 2 card with 1 chip :P

this price will make ppl want to buy it :P

seems that it will be even 2x1gb of ram instead of 2x512mb ? or aim I wrong ?
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#11
dark2099
by: newtekie1
Because it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to sell this card for $500 when two HD4870's would cost you $600. They would be shooting themselves in the foot.
Well considering how ATI dropped the prices on the 3k series of cards like 5 times in a few months, by the time the 4870x2 hits the market I would imagine they would drop the price on the other cards (at least the 4850) a tad.
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#12
marsey99
looks nice on a black pcb :D
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#13
MoA
ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 核心代號為 R700 ,採用了兩顆 RV770XT 繪圖核心,公版 PCB 代號 Spartan 、編號為 B509 ,核心時脈尚未定,內建 16 顆 32M x 32 GDDR5 記憶體顆粒,合共 512 Bit 、 2GB (256Bit 、 1GB x 2) ,定價僅 $499 美元, AMD 向 VGA 業者透露, Radeon HD 4870 X2 將可輕易壓倒 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 。
something about : "2GB (256Bit 、 1GB x 2)" lol

maybe its a 2GB version :P
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#14
FatForester
All I've heard is it being $500 bucks, and if they were wanting to really put the hurt on nVidia that would be a much better price standpoint than $600 bucks. Choosing between $600 and $500, it's pretty much a no-brainer what people (that aren't die hards) are going to end up getting.
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#15
Megasty
by: newtekie1
Because it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to sell this card for $500 when two HD4870's would cost you $600. They would be shooting themselves in the foot.
Well that's ATI being ATI. I'm not going to complain if they want to sell that card for so low :rolleyes: I only care about what comes out of my pocket. That's why I can't buy into all this 4870x2 vs GTX280 bs. Its a done deal.
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#16
trt740
by: Megasty
Well that's ATI being ATI. I'm not going to complain if they want to sell that card for so low :rolleyes: I only care about what comes out of my pocket. That's why I can't buy into all this 4870x2 vs GTX280 bs. Its a done deal.
500.00 gees. I cannot get that one for sure 400.00 is my max and thats pushing it.
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#17
btarunr
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That's US $499.
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#18
trt740
by: trt740
500.00 gees. I cannot get that one for sure 400.00 is my max and thats pushing it.
I smell a 260x2 or 280x2 coming mark my word it is gonna be made, as soon as geforce shrinks the Die. They just cannot allow AMD the lead and this 4870x2 card will smash the 280. The other thing you might see is 260 and 280 cards using DDr 4 or 5 ram. The are already running around trying to retool their gpu presses. Nice to see AMD shaking them up.
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farlex85
by: newtekie1
Because it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to sell this card for $500 when two HD4870's would cost you $600. They would be shooting themselves in the foot.
It doesn't really make a lot of sense to release a dual card at more than the price of the 2 that make it up. Nvidia released the gx2 at like 2.5x the price of the gts 512, and that was ridiculous. 3870x2 was released at about $50 less than 2 3870s, which is right where it should be. I would imagine this comes in a $549, but if it is $499 that's all the better. Ati is actually making it practical to spend so much money on a video card (as practical as it can be) instead of simply throwing out a high end card and making it elitist. And I bet their sales benefit from it.
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farlex85
by: trt740
I smell a 260x2 or 280x2 coming mark my word it is gonna be made, as soon as geforce shrinks the Die. They just cannot allow AMD the lead and this 4870x2 card will smash the 280. The other thing you might see is 260 and 280 cards using DDr 4 or 5 ram. The are already running around trying to retool there gpu presses. Nice to see AMD shaking them up.
The way nvidia is pricing their stuff though, you gotta think a gtx 280x2 would be around $1400, and a gtx 260x2 would be in the vicinity of $900. Even knock off a few hundred for cheaper production w/ the die shrink, and that's still not gonna cut it. I think they're gonna have to make up for it in mid-range w/ some gts/gt's.
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#21
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
If the 4870x2 comes in at $500 there is a good chance that the 4870s will drop by about $50.
Maybe more.
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#22
trt740
by: farlex85
The way nvidia is pricing their stuff though, you gotta think a gtx 280x2 would be around $1400, and a gtx 260x2 would be in the vicinity of $900. Even knock off a few hundred for cheaper production w/ the die shrink, and that's still not gonna cut it. I think they're gonna have to make up for it in mid-range w/ some gts/gt's.
watch and see and prices will drop. Thats good for us, the boys at geforce are not in great shape with the 790I flop. However, it does seem they have fixed that.
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#23
Morgoth
yea 499 us dollars :D thats like 370 euro :D
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#24
X-TeNDeR
Wow.. i've actually hit the sweet spot, estimating that this card will cost between 450-550$ :)

At this price point, with the expected 4850+4870 price drop when this card is out, the round is closed imo :toast:

Congrats AMD-ATi.
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#25
trt740
by: Morgoth
yea 499 us dollars :D thats like 370 euro :D
still not a cheaper price really , because the cost of living is alot lower here in the USA.
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