Wednesday, February 25th 2009

Palit Quitely Slips In HD 4850 Sonic Special Edition, Sports GDDR5 Memory

Known to be an innovative lot when it comes to designing graphics cards, Palit has quitely slipped in a new variant to its Radeon HD 4850 series: the Palit Radeon HD 4850 Sonic Special Edition. What makes this card special, or rather different from the HD 4850 Sonic, are its memory and connectivity options. This is perhaps the first and only Radeon HD 4850 accelerator with GDDR5 memory. The card features 512 MB of GDDR5 memory across a 256-bit wide bus.

It uses an identical dual-slot cooler design to that of the HD 4850 Sonic. If the faster memory wasn't incentive enough, Palit has also expanded the connectivity options. The card provides a DVI, D-Sub (analog), HDMI and DisplayPort connectors all on the card. Owing to the Sonic branding, the card definitely sports higher clock-speeds than what AMD specifies. Further blurring the line between this card and a Radeon HD 4870, is its requirement of two 6-pin PCI-E power inputs. We are in the process of finding out its exact clock speeds, price and a larger picture.
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12 Comments on Palit Quitely Slips In HD 4850 Sonic Special Edition, Sports GDDR5 Memory

#1
techjunkie
i dont understand why they have produced such a card that is almost identical to the 4870. Why would anyone buy this instead of a 4870 ??
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btarunr
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by: techjunkie
i dont understand why they have produced such a card that is almost identical to the 4870. Why would anyone buy this instead of a 4870 ??
So they could OC it to HD 4870 specs, at a [supposed] lesser price. This card looks more of an underclocked HD 4870 with the same Sonic cooler and some fancy connectors.
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#3
lemonadesoda
Price. Might be a lot cheaper. And quieter. And lower power. May therefore suit SOME setups quite well.
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#4
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
by: techjunkie
i dont understand why they have produced such a card that is almost identical to the 4870. Why would anyone buy this instead of a 4870 ??
Why would anyone buy a 4870 if this was cheaper and almost the same.
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#5
PVTCaboose1337
Graphical Hacker
I am guessing this is a slightly retarded 4870, then they clocked it down cause it could not handle super high clocks. So it is like a 7900gto vs gtx basically if you know what I mean.
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#6
ShadowFold
If this is 140-150$ it's a winner. Too bad I haven't seen any new palit cards on newegg for a long time.. I would get one if I saw it on newegg.
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#7
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
I would think it would perform a bit closer to the 4870 given thememory.
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#8

ya i think its also a 4870. if its cheaper then why not.
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#9
trt740
and why is that not a 4870 :wtf:
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#10
Mussels
Moderprator
at a guess, they're underclocked 4870's, trying to get rid of excess stock.

To the doubters: wouldnt YOU like a cheap 4870? i would.
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#12
alen delon
I think it's about 110GB/s of bandwidth.
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