HD4850x2 sighted!

faxon

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link for anyone who cares. price is $429. when do we get a review AT!

PROS: 4x DVI ports is FTW! cooler is pretty nuts

CONS: length? this thing is long as hell. also requires 8 pin EPS12v connector akin to the HD2900. bonus is this time they actually supplied an adapter (my 2900PRO didnt come with one

price also seems excessive considering this is literally just 2 4850s glued together on 1 card, with extra memory (this is the 2x1gb version). might not be worth it unless the extra memory helps the performance of the 4850 chip as much as it did the 4870 chip
 

hclarkjr

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the price is probably newegg price gouging as usual, looks like newegg is only one in US that has one so far. i just googled it and did not any others
 

nRollo

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Originally posted by: faxon
link for anyone who cares. price is $429. when do we get a review AT!

PROS: 4x DVI ports is FTW! cooler is pretty nuts

CONS: length? this thing is long as hell. also requires 8 pin EPS12v connector akin to the HD2900. bonus is this time they actually supplied an adapter (my 2900PRO didnt come with one

price also seems excessive considering this is literally just 2 4850s glued together on 1 card, with extra memory (this is the 2x1gb version). might not be worth it unless the extra memory helps the performance of the 4850 chip as much as it did the 4870 chip
Wow! That thing looks long.

Price premium is due to a. just out the door b. going to make you pay for not buying a CF motherboard c. can have 4 GPU config.

Personally I don't see this as the draw the 4870X2 is, 4850 is far enough below GTX280 that variable scaling is a much bigger factor.

Old "You do multi for what you can't get single" rule is more in play, and I think the people who would buy this will largely have CF capable motherboards and could buy a couple of those for <$300..

 

AmberClad

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Pricey, pricey. For that much money, you could get three 4850s, two GTX260s, etc.

This thing does look pretty out there, but I'm trying to remember which company it was that had the crazy idea of doing tri-3850s-on-a-stick. Might have been ASUS...Trinity something or other. I think that thing came bundled with its own watercooling kit.
 

JPB

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Its ok, I have 81 more days till my step up runs out.

Hopefully GTX270 and GTX290 is released by then. :)

Any news on those nRollo ?
 
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Originally posted by: hclarkjr
the price is probably newegg price gouging as usual, looks like newegg is only one in US that has one so far. i just googled it and did not any others
I mentioned New Egg price gouging a year or two ago and got crucified by the people here.... now i am getting the sense people are realizing now what I said a while ago...:clock:
 

hclarkjr

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yeah the egg is going down hill a lot lately with their shipping and handling going up and now they are not even listing the shipping anymore. you have to place the item in your basket and then view it to see what the charge is.
 

SSChevy2001

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Originally posted by: JPB
Its ok, I have 81 more days till my step up runs out.

Hopefully GTX270 and GTX290 is released by then. :)

Any news on those nRollo ?
Not sure if those 81 days will be enough.

These are the rumor dates.
GT206 Feb 09 - 55nm GTX260 replacement
GT212 Jul 09 - 40nm GTX280 replacement
GT216 Sep 09
GT300 Nov 09

On topic the 4850x2 is way to high of price, even with neweggs price gouging. I would expect $325-355 to be a much better price for this card.

 

nRollo

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Originally posted by: SSChevy2001
Originally posted by: JPB
Its ok, I have 81 more days till my step up runs out.

Hopefully GTX270 and GTX290 is released by then. :)

Any news on those nRollo ?
Not sure if those 81 days will be enough.

These are the rumor dates.
GT206 Feb 09 - 55nm GTX260 replacement
GT212 Jul 09 - 40nm GTX280 replacement
GT216 Sep 09
GT300 Nov 09

On topic the 4850x2 is way to high of price, even with neweggs price gouging. I would expect $325-355 to be a much better price for this card.
What the?

NVIDIA has been pretty tight on the info with the group of late, where do you get this info?

When Jen Hsun says all shipping highend parts are currently 55nm a week or two ago, it seems to me that would include 260/280.

My prediction is "NVIDIA silence of late + Mr. Huang's assertion 55nm parts are shipping = release this month of 55nm parts".

Time will tell.
 

Hauk

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Originally posted by: nRollo

What the?

NVIDIA has been pretty tight on the info with the group of late, where do you get this info?

When Jen Hsun says all shipping highend parts are currently 55nm a week or two ago, it seems to me that would include 260/280.

My prediction is "NVIDIA silence of late + Mr. Huang's assertion 55nm parts are shipping = release this month of 55nm parts".

Time will tell.
I bet that heavy metal laden signature is just around the corner... ;)
 

nRollo

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Originally posted by: SteelSix
Originally posted by: nRollo

What the?

NVIDIA has been pretty tight on the info with the group of late, where do you get this info?

When Jen Hsun says all shipping highend parts are currently 55nm a week or two ago, it seems to me that would include 260/280.

My prediction is "NVIDIA silence of late + Mr. Huang's assertion 55nm parts are shipping = release this month of 55nm parts".

Time will tell.
I bet that heavy metal laden signature is just around the corner... ;)
LOL What can I say- I was young in the 80s. :) :beer:


 

Ares202

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This review has been up for about a week at hexus

http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=16197

In a scenario that scales multiple GPUs particularly well, Sapphire's Radeon HD 4850 X2 delivers on AMD's goal of providing the world's second fastest single-board GPU - second only to its own Radeon HD 4870 X2.

Unlike the ridiculously-quick Radeon HD 4870 X2, though, the 4850 X2's performance lead isn't quite as clear cut. Indeed, when multi-GPU scaling doesn't live up to expectations, the card offers little more in terms of 1,920x1,200 performance when compared to a cheaper single-GPU solution such as NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 260.

There are advantages to consider, mind you. The Radeon HD 4870 X2 brings built-in CrossFire goodness to users with motherboards that feature just the one x16 PCIe interface.

The card's also a promising solution for workstation users. Double-point precision combined with 2GBs of RAM proves to be mighty useful at smoothing things out at ultra-high resolutions of 2,560x1,600. Armed with its four dual-link DVI outputs, it makes for a single-board GPU that packs plenty of oomph.

The downside, however, is price. Sapphire's 2GB Radeon HD 4850 X2 is priced at almost exactly the cost of two standalone 1GB Radeon HD 4850s. At the current dollar-to-pound exchange rate, that results in a MSRP of £317 including VAT. That's a chunky asking price, and a single GPU-solution such as a GeForce GTX 280 should provide similar performance and more consistency at roughly the same cost. Furthermore, a cheaper overclocked GeForce GTX 260 will provide adequate performance, consistency, and a saving of around £60.

We'd have preferred to have seen Sapphire launch a 1GB model first, based on two 512MB Radeon HD 4850s. We could surmise that the asking price for a 1GB Radeon HD 4850 X2 would be around £230, and 1,920x1,200 performance should be very, very good.

Unfortunately for Sapphire, and of course the consumer, the Radeon HD 4850 X2's UK pricing is a direct result of the fluctuating US dollar. Today, it's a relatively expensive card when compared to other high-end solutions, but that's set to change in the very near future. Confused? Let's explain.
 

thilanliyan

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This card is disappointing...it should be cheaper, I wish it exhausted heat out of the case, and it should be shorter. The only good thing is that it somehow manages to trump the 4870x2 at high res in certain cases.
 

james1701

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Everyone should give it a bad review just because of the price being WAY over msrp. Egg might get the hint. I was going to buy two of them, but not at that price. Has anyone heard of any other manufactures are going to roll out a 4850X2 before long? BFG has a GTX 280 for 359.99, I might have to get it at that price.
 

bryanW1995

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Originally posted by: nRollo
Originally posted by: faxon
link for anyone who cares. price is $429. when do we get a review AT!

PROS: 4x DVI ports is FTW! cooler is pretty nuts

CONS: length? this thing is long as hell. also requires 8 pin EPS12v connector akin to the HD2900. bonus is this time they actually supplied an adapter (my 2900PRO didnt come with one

price also seems excessive considering this is literally just 2 4850s glued together on 1 card, with extra memory (this is the 2x1gb version). might not be worth it unless the extra memory helps the performance of the 4850 chip as much as it did the 4870 chip
Wow! That thing looks long.

Price premium is due to a. just out the door b. going to make you pay for not buying a CF motherboard c. can have 4 GPU config.

Personally I don't see this as the draw the 4870X2 is, 4850 is far enough below GTX280 that variable scaling is a much bigger factor.

Old "You do multi for what you can't get single" rule is more in play, and I think the people who would buy this will largely have CF capable motherboards and could buy a couple of those for <$300..
I agree, $400 is way too much for this card when gtx 280 is closer to $350. I think that $299 is about right for this guy...
 

shangshang

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This card is late to the market. I'm betting only a handful will will before people will simple move on.
 

Hauk

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I'll bet a dollar this thing drops into the $350-370 range very soon. It does or it fails.

Multi-gpu looks very promising with the new platform. CF two of these puppies should certainly yield impressive results, if scaling is there. Speaking of the new platform, who's scaling better scores extra credit. nV may have taken some hits, but I see them shining again very soon..
 

james1701

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Originally posted by: SteelSix
I'll bet a dollar this thing drops into the $350-370 range very soon. It does or it fails.

Multi-gpu looks very promising with the new platform. CF two of these puppies should certainly yield impressive results, if scaling is there. Speaking of the new platform, who's scaling better scores extra credit. nV may have taken some hits, but I see them shining again very soon..
Msrp is 350.00 so they should be about 300.00 considering you can pick up two 4850's for close to that.
 

Hauk

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You gotta be kidding!! I didn't check MSRP. Freakin Newegg. They tarnish their good name by pulling this crap. It's a shame.

Save your breath demand/supply debaters. You all prolly work for Newegg anyway.. :D
 

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