Monday, October 27th 2008

Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 4850 X2 2GB GDDR3 Card Pictured

ATI Radeon HD 4850 X2 graphics card, which was formally announced way back in August and is still unavailable, was spotted today over at pchacc.cn leading us to believe that it will finally hit the market for real. The card below is build by ATI's major partner Sapphire and features custom dual-slot cooling system, 2GB of GDDR3 memory, a 256-bit memory interface, CrossFireX support and blue PCB. Last but not least are the two 55nm RV770 GPUs and the GPU bridge that links them. The card will require an extra 6-pin and 8-pin PCIe connectors. Currently, there's no exact release date, but the little brother of 4870 X2 is expected to become available later next month.

Source: TechConnect Magazine
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52 Comments on Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 4850 X2 2GB GDDR3 Card Pictured

#1
Selene
Yea I would think it should be $350.00 wich is about the same as the GTX280.(after MIR)
But alot of ppl say it will preform better then the GTX280 in game were CF works, if so that is very nice.
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#2
u2konline
Looks to big and wide and ugly looking.
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#3
mdm-adph
u2konline said:
Looks to big and wide and ugly looking.
If they can make it a lot cheaper than a GTX 280, I don't care how ugly looking it is. I don't care if they paint it bright pink. :laugh:
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#4
niko084
Zehnsucht said:
4850x2 :nutkick: 8800GTX

Yepp, I'm getting this one alright. Me ol' 88GTX has seen it's glory days :D :D :D
Why wait until now.. Lol

The standard HD4850 slaps the 8800GTX around...

But with the estimated price of this card its going to be pretty silly considering the price of the 4870x2 or gtx280 which are both faster... Let alone their new card lineup is just around the corner again.
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#5
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
/creamed
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#6
Zehnsucht
GoriLLakoS said:
MSRP for EU ~400.
Not a good segment when 4870X2 is so close :(
I just checked the etailers here in Norway, you are correct! WTF :confused::confused:

4850 = 1100 NOK = €117
4850x2 = 3819 NOK = €407
4870 = 1900 NOK = €202
4870x2 = 3475 NOK = €370

It's MORE expensive than the 4870x2 :eek:
Something's got to be wrong....

I'd be prepared to pay some premium for the advantage of a single card solution, say €300 (=400$) as the initial price; and then fall to €250 within 6 months.
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#7
Duffman
sweet, I've been waiting for a 4870x2 in a non reference design. So happy to hear they are gonna have these in non reference design from the start!
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#8
Zehnsucht
niko084 said:
Why wait until now.. Lol

The standard HD4850 slaps the 8800GTX around...
Hardly...


2%=
1.2 FPS @ 60 FPS
2 FPS @ 100 FPS

IMO, it requires approx +30% performance boost if it going to be noticable upgrade.
(30 FPS, barely playable. 40 FPS (30% more) is on the other hand playable).
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#9
Atnevon
Zehnsucht said:
4850x2 :nutkick: 8800GTX

Yepp, I'm getting this one alright. Me ol' 88GTX has seen it's glory days :D :D :D
PM me when you plan on getting rid of it.
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#10
niko084
Zehnsucht said:

2%=
1.2 FPS @ 60 FPS
2 FPS @ 100 FPS

IMO, it requires approx +30% performance boost if it going to be noticable upgrade.
(30 FPS, barely playable. 40 FPS (30% more) is on the other hand playable).
Look at it again with the matured drivers... It's about a 15% increase over a 8800ultra across the boards from what I have tested recently.

But if you want 30% that's pushing it... So I can see your point there.
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#11
ShadowFold
Whats with that blue thing under the card..
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#12
freakshow
i think im in love roflmao i found my new card
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#15
Pixelated
cdawall said:
lol that looks like 2 intel hsf glued together on the cooler
Oh man it sure does. Hilarious. Those cheap ass heat sinks. Seems Intel has damn near mastered the art of CPU design but can't engineer a HSF for the life of them.
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#16
Widjaja
InnocentCriminal said:
I know it won't happen, but I'd most likely cry with happiness if they ever ported one to AGP.
I thought you wold have upgraded to PCI-E just after I did. . . . .
You only need to get a motherboard and card at the same time and you'll be set.
939skt motherboards are cheap compared to the chip itself.
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#17
jbunch07
Sweet! Cant wait to see the reviews!
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#18
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
looks like the better cooler than what Palit Used on their 4870 Sonic Dual.
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#19
phobosq
looks beautiful, I'd love to have one of those
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#20
Zubasa
Animalpak said:
I dont think is the final product !! I hope is not...

And blue PCB Like entry-level cards ? No way !!
Most of Sapphire's Cards have blue PCB.
For Sapphire is blue:roll:
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#21
wolf
Performance Enthusiast
i really like the cooler idea, beats the hell out of the 4870x2's

at least they both get air at the same time instead of one getting pre heated air.

don't really like the price point, but if its equal or slightly less than 2x4850 its worth it.
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#22
InnocentCriminal
Resident Grammar Amender
Widjaja said:
I thought you wold have upgraded to PCI-E just after I did. . . . .
You only need to get a motherboard and card at the same time and you'll be set.
939skt motherboards are cheap compared to the chip itself.
I don't see any need to upgrade to PCIe, not yet anyroad. I'm holding out until I really need to upgrade. On a side note, I managed to beat my previous 3DMark record - 9606 now. :P In turn I want to see how far I can get my 3850 without having to move onto another platform.
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#23
Exavier
hmm...combine one of these with my 4870X2...I wish :laugh:
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#24
Hayder_Master
cool , what about the price , this cooler are good, 4870x2 need fan's like this
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#25
mdm-adph
InnocentCriminal said:
I don't see any need to upgrade to PCIe, not yet anyroad. I'm holding out until I really need to upgrade. On a side note, I managed to beat my previous 3DMark record - 9606 now. :P In turn I want to see how far I can get my 3850 without having to move onto another platform.
Damn, man -- not bad. Your 3850 on an AGP bus beats my 4670 on PCI-E. :laugh: (I score about 7800 in 3dmark06 with my CPU at 2.7GHz.)
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