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Radeon HD 4870 X2 Previewed, AA Performance a Trump Card

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  1. H82LUZ73

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    1,4870x2+$559=We win
    2,4870`s +$329+$329=$658=we loose unless they drop down the 4850 to $150 and the 4870 to $200 mark then we all win.

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    How long in real terms do you think customers are going to pay the green camp nearly $800 for 1 card ?( going by pricing in Canada.
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    Where did u get the price of the 4870X2 from?
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    I expect by the time this comes out, the 4870 will be officially dropping in price - probably to the $250 lvl. As for the 4850, it should be at the $170 lvl, but you can already get it for that after rebates. But seeing it at that price b4 rebates isn't too far off either.

    When it comes to buying a card, it all depends on what camp you prefer - even if you don't perfer any camp at all. There are 3 types of enhusiast level buyers: those who go green, those who go red, & those who go P/P. That's how it should be, even though those who go P/P seem to be the most logical.
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    The 4850 is already 189$ and the 4870 is 299$. I expect to see them at the prices you just said around launch. Atleast thats what im hoping for :)
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    Take note of my specs. I have an nVidia card. If the GTX280 was cheaper than the 4870x2, that's the card that would get my vote. But it isn't, so it doesn't.

    And yours is the logic that is flawed. Benchmarks and architectures don't mean crap if a person can't afford to buy the card (ala GTX280).

    And yes, I'm perfectly fine with pitting dual core cpus against single core, especially if the single core was more expensive. That situation is no different. Price point is everything in the computer world, and how fair comparisons are judged, not solely by differences in design. Price is ALWAYS a factor.

    If price wasn't a factor, it would be fair to compare my QX9650 against a Phenom 9950 X4. I hardly think pitting a $1000 cpu against a $235 cpu is fair, do you?
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    Seen it on some site ,Just keep seeing the $499 to $549 price tag,I still hope they sell at $499 like the 3870x2 when launched.

    Also the price was a guesstimate...

    Also the price from retailers depend on the brand,Like Palit selling the 4870 for $319 while the Sapphire goes for $10 more at $329. Same goes on with the 4850`s also.

    Also don`t forget that at Driver Heaven they said some companies will have a overclocked versions across the board,Also ATI have said they can up the shader clocks in the second revision`s.If you think what these are doing to Nvidia now what are they going to do in 6 months time when all of this happen`s? I still say ATI is the best at price to performance cost wise.
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    AA, but what kind

    If you are talking AA you should really specify what kind, 'box' 'tent' or 'edge', since that makes a difference both in looks and in impact on speed due to how they are implemented.
    I know it's more convenient to just put AA on sites and in graphs, but you can't anymore I fear.
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    Okay, just wanted to check you didnt know something we didnt know, lol! I reckon it will definetly sell for $499 cus as just posted in the news, the GTX280 has been dropped to $500.
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    there are always people like this, they say its not fair when it is fair, Is it fair to consumers that Nvidia likes to sell cards for 500 and 600 dollars, costing more than better performing dual GPU solutions, I don't think so, do you, as a matter of fact you should be saying its not fair that Nvidia wants 500 dollars for a card thats sometimes slower than a card that costs 200 dollars less.

    This is the second time Nvidia did this, Remember the 8800GTX and Ultra, but what made that different was you had 2 bad ass cards with no competitor in sight and now that there is a competitor its not fair.

    oh please, :nutkick:

    This all comes down to how much performance you can get for your money and ATI beat Nvidia
    It also comes down to how much performance you can get period, and ATI still beat Nvidia

    for now, at least
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    just another thing...if some one say that 4870 x2 sux couse of dual chip on board, than intel quad cpus absolutely suck too (and that is not true)
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    NV's stupid price complex always stand proud when they think its not going to have any competition. It bit them in the ass this time around. I really don't know why the charged so much for the thing when everybody & their mother knew the 4870x2 was right around the corner. Sure it was the fastest thing around for a month but NV took it for face value this time - then the next day the face value dropped by a forth :wtf:
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    How is it that everybody forgot to talk about power consumption and temperatures? For me 90ºC at idle and 359 (468-109) watt power draw is unnaceptable, even for the fastest card in the world. Was not GTX280 unnaceptable with it's 236 watts? It was for me, now think what I think about this. And they don't show idle power, but looking at HD Crossfire cards I can get an idea.

    There are other concerns aside from performance and price. I have heard enough stories of HD4870's failling on hot areas to even consider this a valid card.

    I don't care if Ati uses 2 GPUs to compete with 1 GPU as long as it can perform well on all fronts. This is just not the way IMHO. It is delivering the performance, but the performance of the card doesn't justify that power draw. That's why I strongly believe 2 GPUs will never be able to compete with one faster/bigger GPU. It does now in perf/price, but that's only because Ati is using an smaller fab process and a narrower memory bus. But is underperforming vastly on power consumption and temps. With this card Ati has left me the impression that whenever Nvidia starts using a smaller process and GDDR5, the monolithic design (whichever it is) will destroy any multi-GPU, be it at performance, price, consumption, whatever.
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    100W more is just $1.00 /month extra of electricity bill for me :laugh:
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    Because of how much I use the PC, it's more than 4 euros month for me and around 50 euros year. That's without taking into account the extra conditioning that would be required to not get cooked myself with such temperatures (hmm forget about that: I would save in the winter :roll:). I change cards every two years, that's a difference of more than 100 euros. Get the picture?
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    With all the GD PCs in my house, my el-bill is about $200 a month, an extra $1-2 for a 100W difference ain't gonna do me a bit of good :( I even have a few solar panels on my roof - they don't help at all :cry:
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    It's not going to run at peak wattage all throughout? What is its idle wattage? Do you use some OS from the future that displays everything in SM 4.1 rendered graphics? Isn't there an AMD feature that underclocks this to up to 350MHz when idle? Doesn't the AMD slide show 100% more performance/watt over R680?
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    Hmm. I'm gonna have to give the GTX280 some serious consideration now. I was set on getting the 4870X2. But now the GTX280 is going for the same price. There are some aspects about the nvidia drivers which I really do prefer. (like being able to use nhancer) and setting game profiles much easier. Oh and being able to use EVGA precision :D .

    There is also the fact that the GTX280 consumes less power and will never have any issues with some games which dont get on with SLI/crossfire as it is a single GPU card.

    But I dont know if future ATi drivers will cause the 4870X2 to pull ahead and make me think, "i wish I had bought..."

    Cus it has twice the amount of ram at GDDR5 as opposed to GDDR3

    Ah! I'm so confused as to which to get.

    What is everyone else thinking?
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    I think it's a little to early to say, hold out until the new Catalyst drivers out, see how they improve your 3870 and the 4K series and once the retail X2's hit the market then make a decision. Don't forget these are engineering examples.
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    True, I really hope they sort out the power consumption issues. 350W is ridiculous.

    If they sort out the power issues, and the Cat drivers pull the 4870X2 even further ahead. I will probably get the 4870X2 . 100W of power really isnt worth it IMO when playing at 1680x1050.
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    By the time it's released, both 4850 and 4870 should have fallen in price enough to make ATI able to price it @ $499.

    Or do you dudes think only nVidia can lower card prices?


    Many dudes say "OK: a GTX260 card for $299 is worth it" ... except the 4870 has already fallen to $304 and i wouldn't be surprised if it would fall to something like 249 within a month's time, which is when the R700 is launched ...

    Can nVidia match 4870's price, VS GTX260 in a month from now? It might, but only if losing money, badly: it should cost more to build, no?
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    Exactly! I don't play higher than 1680 x 1050 and I don't need to. I'd like to, but it's more than enough. The 4870X2 and the GTX280 are for people with 24" monitors and above. Having a 4870X2 or the a like would be pretty wasted on a monitor lower than that (for me anyway) the extra power consumption isn't enough to warrant me to buy one, especially as it'll be more expensive in the long run. Yeah, I'd be able to up the details and enjoy that at 1680 x 1050, the thing is I'm not sure if I would as I'd be worrying about my leccy bill too much. :(
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    That's why they call this a high end card.

    Wouldn't you agree?

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