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PowerColor Announces the PCS HD4730

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TUL Corporation, a leading manufacturer of AMD graphics cards, announces a new addition to HD4700 series: the PCS HD4730. The latest PCS HD4730 has 640 streaming processors, clocks at 700MHz core and 900MHz memory respectively, with the fastest ever GDDR5 memory, it supports up to 3.6 Gbps data rates. This offers an unbeatable gaming performance in its segment.

The PowerColor PCS HD4730 equipped with award-winning ARCTIC COOLING solution, increases air flow at a lower fan speed that easily dissipates heat from an optimized heat sink. The unique fan design avoids direct contact with high temperatures emanating from heat sink, extending the life cycle of the cooling fan. With PowerColor exclusive fan control technology, the fan speed can be adjusted automatically providing a perfect balance between silent operating environment and cooling performance.

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So effectively every card lower than 4730 is now unsellable since shops tend not to bother with anything less than $35/£40?
 
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So where would this be in the heirarchy of ATI cards then? Between the HD4670 and the HD4830? Is it on the 40 NM process?
 
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No, this is the normal 55nm chip found in the 4830, but utilizes 128-bit GDDR5 memory.

This would most likely be located directly above the HD4830. I'm hoping that it really does not need two 6-pin PCI-E connectors. :p
 

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This card is just full of FAIL.:shadedshu

This thing should be called HD4820 or HD4810, not HD4730! HD4730 makes it seem like way too weak of a card, when it should perform very similarly to an HD4830.

And why the hell does it need two 6-Pin power connectors? The HD4830 doesn't even need 1...:shadedshu

And why a dual-slot cooler?

And we still don't know crossfire capabilities, since ATi won't give us any information about it, or even an updated compatibility chart with the HD4770 in it so forget about the HD4730... Can we crossfire this with other RV770 cards? Can we crossfire this with other RV740 HD4700 cards?
 
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And we still don't know crossfire capabilities, since ATi won't give us any information about it, or even an updated compatibility chart with the HD4770 in it so forget about the HD4730... Can we crossfire this with other RV770 cards? Can we crossfire this with other RV740 HD4700 cards?
Yes

Didn't the HD3xxx series support different-card CF?
 
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This card is just full of FAIL.:shadedshu

This thing should be called HD4820 or HD4810, not HD4730! HD4730 makes it seem like way too weak of a card, when it should perform very similarly to an HD4830.

And why the hell does it need two 6-Pin power connectors? The HD4830 doesn't even need 1...:shadedshu

And why a dual-slot cooler?

And we still don't know crossfire capabilities, since ATi won't give us any information about it, or even an updated compatibility chart with the HD4770 in it so forget about the HD4730... Can we crossfire this with other RV770 cards? Can we crossfire this with other RV740 HD4700 cards?
Its probably tonnes cheaper than the 4770... it would be a pretty good price/perf ratio if you think about it, 4770 is better than 4850 in some cases yet falls into low end category in price.
 

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Yes

Didn't the HD3xxx series support different-card CF?
Not that I'm aware of. According to ATi's chart, you have to use a 3800 with another 3800, a 3600 with another 3600 and a 3400 with another 3400.

The only time I see where mixing of this extent was possible was with the HD4350 and HD4550, and that was only possible because both cards used the same RV710 core.

Its probably tonnes cheaper than the 4770... it would be a pretty good price/perf ratio if you think about it, 4770 is better than 4850 in some cases yet falls into low end category in price.
The concept of the card is a good one, don't get me wrong. But IMO, ATi has implemented it poorly.
 
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Stock clock is higher than 4830, so I guess it's a better card.
4830: 575mhz
4730: 700mhz (22% more). Now if it can overclock to 850mhz stock cooling and volts, then this will be killer. Probably taking 4770 bang for the buck title.
I couldn't see any hd4830 going much higher than 700mhz under these conditions.

Please someone correct me if I'm wrong.
 
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The concept of the card is a good one, don't get me wrong. But IMO, ATi has implemented it poorly.
Yeah I know what you mean, the fact it falls under 4700 series will make it seem like its much more obsolete to the 4830/50.

I was a bit confused myself when the 4770 came out, I was expecting it to perform under the 4830 yet its performance was in some cases better than the 4850?? what is going on ATI :S.
 
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whats that ? It has same config as of 4770 ? and yet priced lower? Wasn't 4730 supposed to be performing lower then 4770 ? Could someone explain please. :eek: :ohwell: :banghead:
 
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what they become change all the card's to GDDR5 , they should do this from the beginning
 
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Why are people complaining? It's a great card for a great price. If you want 40nm and additional headroom, you can pay extra for the 4770 ("Black Edition"), but if not, you've got a better option.
 
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HD 4770
40nm chip, 128-bit GDDR5
Overclocks better

HD 4730
55nm chip, 128-bit GDDR5
Cheaper

Still not sure if the HD 4730 needs two 6-pin PCI-E connectors though. If it does, then that's pretty retarded.

The reason why they're doing this is because they're having problems with the 40nm process, hence the current low stock of HD 4770s. (And because of that, it's also the reason why there aren't custom PCBs, HSFs, etc. of the HD 4770.)
 
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I would not be surprised if the additional power connector is a direct result of increased core voltage to support higher clock speeds and increase the percentage of fabricated chips which are capable of such speeds.
 
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Yea, 4770 has many issues, hence why the 4730... IMO though, 4850 is a better option than 4770 o_O hopefully, the 4730 will bury the 4830
 

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Yea, 4770 has many issues, hence why the 4730... IMO though, 4850 is a better option than 4770 o_O hopefully, the 4730 will bury the 4830
I have to agree, or at least the HD4850 is a good alternative to the HD4770 while supply is low for the HD4770. Especially with the HD4850 running at the same $99 price point, and even lower with MIR(which we don't have on HD4770s yet).

Right now, newegg has both the Sapphire and ASUS HD4850's for $85. That is a better bang for the buck than the HD4770.
 
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Yea, 4770 is more expensive, from 99$ to 115$ o_O 4850 is 85$ to 99$ and it outperforms the 4770 o_O I personally would get the XFX 4850 for 99$ since I like lifetime warranty and a great company lol