Tuesday, August 12th 2008

AMD Launches Radeon HD 4870 X2, Radeon HD 4850 X2 Announced at a $400 Price-point

AMD today announced the world’s fastest graphics card, the ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2, advancing visual computing ever closer to eye-definition computing gaming and cinematic experiences and delivering a whopping 2.4 teraFLOPS of processing power. Also announced today is the ATI Radeon HD 4850 X2 graphics card, delivering blistering performance at a compelling price point.

These cards comprise the ATI Radeon HD 4800 X2 series, combining two ATI Radeon HD 4800 series GPUs with a more advanced cross-GPU connection based on the PCIe 2.0 standard, plus two gigabytes of memory – the most in any currently available consumer graphics card. These technologies combine to make the ATI Radeon HD 4800 X2 series perfectly suited for the most demanding games, able to deliver astonishing frame rates at extreme resolutions and image quality settings.

The capabilities of the ATI Radeon HD 4800 X2 series were on display yesterday in New York City, where leading experts from the game development community and Hollywood joined AMD to discuss and demonstrate eye-definition computing computing. Eye-definition computing is the art and science of achieving visual computing experiences that seem optically real. The tremendous computational 2.4 teraFLOPS horsepower of the ATI Radeon HD 4800 X2 series makes computing experiences that approach eye-definition computing possible. The first application of eye-definition computing computing, demonstrated by AMD in New York yesterday, is Cinema 2.0, the fusion of digital people, places and things, rendered with real-time interactivity. Cinema 2.0 shows the power to digitally create interactive environments and characters that seem optically real in either a video game or digital cinema context. With the help of leading content creators, AMD demonstrated the first “virtual” actor to be rendered in real-time in perfect, lifelike detail, via the incredible processing power found in the ATI Radeon HD 4800 X2 series.

Based on an advanced 55nm design and leading DirectX 10.1 support, the ATI Radeon HD 4800 X2 series delivers engineering elegance and the industry’s most compelling feature set. The ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 is immediately available from e-tailers worldwide priced at USD $549 SRP, while the ATI Radeon HD 4850 X2 is scheduled to be available in September at an estimated price of USD $399

“The ATI Radeon HD 4800 X2 series is proof that our graphics strategy is working. The response from OEMs, system integrators, game developers, press, and most importantly, from gamers regarding the ATI Radeon HD 4800 series products has been incredibly positive. Now, only a few short weeks after the launch of those products, AMD reclaims the ultimate performance crown and continues to deliver winning products to market in the ATI Radeon HD 4800 X2 series,” said Rick Bergman, senior vice president and general manager, Graphics Products Group, AMD. “The ATI Radeon HD 4800 X2 series continues AMD technology leadership with support for DirectX 10.1, tessellation, and now 2GB of frame buffer. The new products join a line-up of stellar offerings, all of which are designed to give gamers experiences that approach eye-definition computing.”

ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 press and analyst reception
Initial product previews of the ATI Radeon HD 4800 X2 series highlight the superior performance and incredible image quality it delivers:
  • “Our gameplay experiences with the ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 were phenomenal, especially once we raised the antialiasing setting to high levels... Who would have thought we’d ever be seeing Oblivion at 2560x1600 with 24X AA? This means you can load up old games and set crazy high AA settings. AMD deserves huge kudos for really kicking AA up a notch,” said Brent Justice, HardOCP.4
  • “The Radeon HD 4870 X2 is looking like it beat [the GTX280] as it spanked even the overclocked GeForce GTX 280 in our testing. AMD has pulled off another one with the Radeon HD 4870 X2,” said Nathan Kirsch, Legit Reviews.5
  • “The ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 proves AMD’s ability to scale their architecture and offer high performance at normal prices, and still stay within comfortable power demand,” said Jon Peddie, president and founder of Jon Peddie Research.
Driving the ultra-enthusiast experience
The ATI Radeon HD 4800 X2 series provides support for ATI CrossFire X, enabling incredibly fast gaming PCs with unmatched performance at ultra-high settings. Enthusiast gamers can now run the most demanding games smoothly in at the highest settings, enabling modes that were not playable before.6 With the efficient use of all four GPUs in a dual ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 CrossFireX configuration, gamers will enjoy more than 3 times the performance of a single ATI Radeon HD 4870 card in many games.7

“AMD has regained the graphics performance crown with this launch,” said Patrick Cooper, Director of Product Planning, Alienware. “The ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 is what gamers have been waiting for—blistering performance in DirectX 10.1 games backed by stable drivers for great scaling in ATI CrossFireX mode.”

“Gamers that buy Falcon Northwest PCs demand nothing but the best possible performance, and today the one that delivers the best gaming experience, is a quad ATI CrossFireX rig using two ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 cards, like those found in our Mach V,” said Kelt Reeves, president of Falcon Northwest. “We’re committed to bringing the world the ultimate gaming PCs featuring the leading technology. With support for the latest DirectX 10.1 games, only ATI Radeon graphics let us do that.”

“As a premier provider of high-performance PCs, the stellar performance and leading technologies of the ATI Radeon HD 4800 X2 series makes it a perfect match for Velocity Micro,” said Randy Copeland, President and CEO, Velocity Micro. “AMD once again has the fastest card around, and with support for the latest DirectX 10.1 games, it makes it a natural choice for gamers wanting the latest and greatest technology in their Velocity Micro system.”

ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2: The world’s fastest graphics card
The ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 delivers unsurpassed graphics horsepower, setting a new performance bar for visual computing with 2.4 teraFLOPS of processing power on a single card. It is also the world’s first graphics card to include 2GB of ultra-high bandwidth GDDR5 memory. The ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 features two GPUs based on a second generation 55nm technology and clocked at 750 MHz, with a combined 1600 stream processors.

Engineered to be the world’s fastest graphics card, the ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 was built with efficiency, scalability and performance in mind, delivering four times the performance efficiency AMD high-end GPU offerings released just one year ago.6

ATI Radeon HD 4850 X2: New levels of performance under $400
Setting a new performance standard in graphics cards priced under $400, the ATI Radeon HD 4850 X2 provides the power to play today’s most demanding titles at ultra-high settings. Like its big brother, the ATI Radeon HD 4850 X2 features 1600 stream processors, and two GPUs clocked at 625 MHz. The ATI Radeon HD 4850 X2 features 2GB of GDDR3 memory.

Ecosystem Support
The ATI Radeon HD 4800 series is supported by a dozen add-in-board companies offering custom designs of the products. Building high-performance versions of the ATI Radeon HD 4800 X2 series products are, ASUS, Club 3D, Diamond Multimedia, Force3D, GECUBE, GIGABYTE, HIS (Hightech Information Systems), Jetway, MSI, Palit Multimedia, PowerColor, SAPPHIRE Technology and VisionTek.Source: AMD
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33 Comments on AMD Launches Radeon HD 4870 X2, Radeon HD 4850 X2 Announced at a $400 Price-point

#1
mep916
I'm not going to sleep until the 4870X2 is available at newegg. :rockout:
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#2
Black Hades
a little typo there:)

"Setting a new performance standard in graphics cards priced under $4003 [...]"
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#3
15th Warlock
by: btarunr
. The ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 is immediately available from e-tailers worldwide priced at USD $549 SRP
Where? I want one now! :rockout:
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#4
MadClown
by: btarunr
performance standard in graphics cards priced under $4003
typo:toast: EDIT: damnit, black hades beat me to it, lol

The HD 4870 X2 looks like its gonna dominate.
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#5
indybird
Why do I come on these forums?

lol, just kidding tho.

Though this card is cool and all, I don't really want it. Though I hope its release brings down the price of the 4870s.

Im waiting for 4870s with 1GB of RAM and non-reference cooling.

-Indybird
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SK-1
by: indybird
Why do I come on these forums?

lol, just kidding tho.

Though this card is cool and all, I don't really want it. Though I hope its release brings down the price of the 4870s.

Im waiting for 4870s with 1GB of RAM and non-reference cooling.

-Indybird
Why,...Because we all is one BIG happy family!!!!!!!!!!:toast:

And you know, deep down ,you got excited when you first read this:p
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#7
candle_86
not everyone gets off on video cards, some of us have girl friends to get off for instead.
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#8
Wile E
Power User
by: candle_86
not everyone gets off on video cards, some of us have girl friends to get off for instead.
Or you can have both.
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#9
Ekklesis
A really good card and maybe it's just one sign from many that AMD/ATI is regaining the knowledge to make excellent chips like in the past...
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#10
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
i was hoping they could sell the 4870x2 for $499
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#11

Well the prices are hideous in the UK ($700+) at the moment, but I expect that to drop.
#12
MarcusTaz
by: Easy Rhino
i was hoping they could sell the 4870x2 for $499
no doubt man I rally hope they do... we will see sometimes newegg gives us some rockin prices in the very beginning...:toast:
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#13
alexp999
Staff
by: v-zero
Well the prices are hideous in the UK ($700+) at the moment, but I expect that to drop.
most places are overpriced, inc scan and OCuk, but you can get a powercolor for £344 on ebuyer.

$549 -> £288 -> £338 (inc vat)
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#14
chron
by: candle_86
not everyone gets off on video cards, some of us have girl friends to get off for instead.
you can only use the word "us" when you're included in that group.

As for some of US, we get off on both, AT THE SAME TIME.
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#15
KieranD
4850 X2 seems good, you could OC it and it might be good too pair with a 4870 x2 for quad fire or even just a single 4870/4850

still waiting for the palit 4870 to come out :banghead:

EDIT: just like Indybird didnt some other person used to put there name at the end of every post and wasnt she banned? (note the name thing wasnt the reason for banning)
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#16

by: alexp999
most places are overpriced, inc scan and OCuk, but you can get a powercolor for £344 on ebuyer.

$549 -> £288 -> £338 (inc vat)
It's still a rip-off and I wouldn't touch one with a big old pole of some kind. If I had to go super-high-end right now I would go GTX 280, because as much as I dislike the design concept of nVidia's monolith I can't help but feel it has the better price to performance in these muddied waters. The 4850 X2 needs to be 200 quid including VAT or it wont be worth squat either. :shadedshu
#17
alexp999
Staff
by: v-zero
It's still a rip-off and I wouldn't touch one with a big old pole of some kind. If I had to go super-high-end right now I would go GTX 280, because as much as I dislike the design concept of nVidia's monolith I can't help but feel it has the better price to performance in these muddied waters. The 4850 X2 needs to be 200 quid including VAT or it wont be worth squat either. :shadedshu
At least nvidia is getting the prices right. The GTX 280 is roughly £100 cheaper.

Some of it depends on what games you play too. I.e if you play crysis and want it mainly for that, get an nvidia.

I dont regret getting my GTX260, it is cooler, more energy effecient and £150-£200 cheaper! And I can still play with Jrob's extreme config! :D

IMO the 4870X2 is only good if you are playing at 1080p or higher and want all eye candy and AA/AF, even then its probably overkill!

Be interesting to see what Nvidia comes up with in the next few months (hopefully before 90 days step up is over), hope they dont just slap too GTX280 PCB's together like they did for the 9800GX2
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#18
sttubs
by: indybird
Though I hope its release brings down the price of the 4870s.

Im waiting for 4870s with 1GB of RAM and non-reference cooling.

-Indybird
This is exactly what I'm waiting for too.
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#19
mdm-adph
by: candle_86
not everyone gets off on video cards, some of us have girl friends to get off for instead.
Wow, someone's bitter. What's wrong -- couldn't seem to work politics into this press release somehow? :laugh:

Hey, I've got it -- maybe ATI's sudden resurgence is a work of conspiracy by both Barack Obama, the ACLU, and Iran, in order to discredit Nvidia! Is that better?
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#20
MarcusTaz
WTF is taking Newegg so long to get this card up??? I want my 4870x2!!!!!!!!!!!
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#22

by: KieranD
4850 X2 seems good, you could OC it and it might be good too pair with a 4870 x2 for quad fire or even just a single 4870/4850

still waiting for the palit 4870 to come out :banghead:

EDIT: just like Indybird didnt some other person used to put there name at the end of every post and wasnt she banned? (note the name thing wasnt the reason for banning)
ya, cavalry or Christine .
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#23
Eliranos
wow thats great il go with the 4850 x2 but first need to buy a pci x 2 board cuase pci x just isent enough for this strong baby ( and i recomend you should get one too if you plan on buy one of them for max potential)
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#24
robspierre6
by: alexp999
At least nvidia is getting the prices right. The GTX 280 is roughly £100 cheaper.

Some of it depends on what games you play too. I.e if you play crysis and want it mainly for that, get an nvidia.

I dont regret getting my GTX260, it is cooler, more energy effecient and £150-£200 cheaper! And I can still play with Jrob's extreme config! :D

IMO the 4870X2 is only good if you are playing at 1080p or higher and want all eye candy and AA/AF, even then its probably overkill!

Be interesting to see what Nvidia comes up with in the next few months (hopefully before 90 days step up is over), hope they dont just slap too GTX280 PCB's together like they did for
the 9800GX2
The 280gtx is 100$ cheaper but it's waaay slower than the 4870x2.
In term of price performance the 4870x2 wins over the 280gtx.
the 4870x2 outperforms the 280gtx in sli in almost every game. , in crysis,it's 35% faster than the 280gtx at 1900*1200 res with very-high setts and it becomes 62% faster at the same res. with 4xaa.


http://www.techreport.com/articles.x/15293/5
http://www.techreport.com/articles.x/15293/8
http://www.techreport.com/articles.x/15293/9
http://www.techreport.com/articles.x/15293/7
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/4870-x2-amd,1992-7.html
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