Tuesday, November 4th 2008

Palit Creates Monstrous Radeon HD 4870 X2: The Revolution R700

Palit is ready with what appears to be, a monstrous graphics card based on the ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 (R700) design with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory, called the Palit Revolution R700 Deluxe. What makes it monstrous apparently is its width that spans across three expansion slots. Under the shroud of the cooler is an elaborate cooling system designed by Palit itself.

The cooler comprises of a large heat radiator, through which several heat-pipes conduct heat from contact blocks for the GPUs, memory, and the PCI-Express bridge chip, with seperate cooling blocks for the VRM area. Two fans of identical sizes blow air on the two thermal zones for the card: GPU and power circuitry. The card boasts overclocking features and company marketed overclocking potential highest for any R700 design so far, while shipping with reference clock speeds of 750/3800 MHz (core/memory). The card is fueled by the usual 6+2 pin and 6 pin power connectors, which are right-angled for accessibility.

The card uses Palit's own PCB design that's richly studded with high grade components throughout. On the outputs front, there are dual-link DVI-D and D-Sub connectors, apart from a DisplayPort and 7.1 channel audio routed HDMI port. Palit tells us that it expects to start shipping this card next week and it should hit the shelves soon enough, with a price-tag that makes it competitive with other HD 4870 X2 cards in the market.
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57 Comments on Palit Creates Monstrous Radeon HD 4870 X2: The Revolution R700

#1
kid41212003
Wow, 2GB?
2x2GB? 1GBx2? I love these marketing method.
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mdm-adph
by: kid41212003
Wow, 2GB?
2x2GB? 1GBx2? I love these marketing method.
I'm still waiting for someone to make a technically 4GB 4850X2 (2GB x 2) card. :laugh:
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#3
aCid888*
by: CyberDruid
Again just my opinion but oneof the features I find most valuable about the HD cards is they play in HD :D

The sound comes through the HDMI ...unlike Nvidia cards...where you you have to set up something (usually cumbersome) to get the sound to your TV and then it's still not HDCP...

The HD ATI cards offer a single cable solution for running a modern LCD TV. I'm driving my 52" Sammie with a single cable and get decent sound even for music from the PC.
My 9800GTX+ offers HDMI Audio by having an audio input in the side of the card under a rubber cap, even comes with the cable needed to make it work and DVI-to-HDMI adapter ;) :rockout:
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#4

That card is made for modding, remove the plastic cover and cheap fans, strap on 2x 80mm high CFM fans then volt mod the GPU/MEM for some serious performance bump, enthusiast performance card of the year we have a winner...
#5
SK-1
I thought Dave said he was going to give every TPU member, with 4+ years on TPU, a new Graphics Card??:D
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#6
jbunch07
Possibly the best looking 4870X2 I've ever seen! I'm drooling over here! I want one so bad! Cant wait to see the review! :D
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#7
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: mdm-adph
I'm still waiting for someone to make a technically 4GB 4850X2 (2GB x 2) card. :laugh:
You need 2Gb GDDR3 chips, which I doubt exist.
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btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
I meant 2Gb, not GB. 2 Gb = 256 MB. An R700 PCB takes 16 connections, so 256 x 16 = 4096 MB.

In that PowerColor card, every two 1Gb chips share a connection. There's no room left on an already overcrowded R700 PCB, for two 1Gb chips to share a connection.
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#10
mdm-adph
by: btarunr
I meant 2Gb, not GB. 2 Gb = 256 MB. An R700 PCB takes 16 connections, so 256 x 16 = 4096 MB.

In that PowerColor card, every two 1Gb chips share a connection, so there's no room left on an already overcrowded R700 PCB.
So, dual-PCB like a 9800GX2, then?
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#11
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: mdm-adph
So, dual-PCB like a 9800GX2, then?
Given the market these days, I don't think any AIB would dare do that. It's suicidal in terms of mfg costs.

Also that, it's not just two boards with a GPU and its memory each, the GPUs aren't just connected to the bridge chip and to eachother using the crossfire connection, but also the extra bit of wiring Sideport brings in. NVIDIA made it look very easy, with the NF200 suppying a PCI-E connection, and the SLI connection.
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#12

Dual PCB would completely kill the value factor relative to nVidia's offering.
#13
mdm-adph
by: btarunr
Given the market these days, I don't think any AIB would dare do that. It's suicidal in terms of mfg costs.
The said the same thing about the Spruce Goose. All we need now is a Howard Hughes character to direct AMD's R&D.
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#14
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Howard was lucky. The people behind the drawing boards shared the same passion he had to nutkick Pan, more importantly, they were skilled to do so.
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#15
DonInKansas
Pretty friggin' sweet looking.

Paging Palit_Guy for a TPU giveaway bonanza!:roll:
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#16
mdm-adph
by: btarunr
Howard was lucky. The people behind the drawing boards shared the same passion he had to nutkick Pan, more importantly, they were skilled to do so.
Au contraire -- none of us can be completely sure that the people running AMD are entirely sane, either.
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#17
Jeffredo
I still have use of those other slots - a dual slot GPU is a much space as I'm going to give to one.
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#18
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
hell yes, thats what Im talking about. Iwonder if Palit_guy can give us some more insight or benchmarks or something..
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#19
imperialreign
why 3 slots?

all the better to eat the competition, my dear.




damn, that has got to be one of the beefiest, mean & nasty looking cards I've seen in a while.

Nice also to see Palit stepping up to the ATI line as well. I'm so tempted right now to scalp my two 4870s and two 3870s for two of these beasts . . . :p
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#20
Duffman
dang nabbit, this is the card i was waiting for...until that Sapphire 4850x2...deciding....hurting...brain...aargh
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#21
erocker
This IS my next card. I don't care if it takes up four slots, it would be insanity to run two in crossfire.
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#22
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
Sure .... I buy a Palit X2 a little while ago and now they come out with this.

Oh well, I am really pleased with my X2. Smooth as silk at 2560 :toast:
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#23
Polarman
Wow! Triple Decker GFX Godlyness!
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#24
Duffman
anyone know what retail is gonna be for this?
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#25
PP Mguire
This card is just boss. Makes me wanna turn red for Christmas.
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