ATI Radeon 4850X2 incoming

Back in August Neowin reported that ATI were expected to release the 4850X2 "shortly"...

Now finally ATI has said that the 4850X2 should hit the shelves of your favourite component supplier within weeks. The 4850X2 is the smaller cousin of the 4870X2 and like its bigger sibling will feature 2 4850 chips on a single PCB, with each core having access to 1GB of GDDR3 memory.

4850X2 designs have now "validated" by graphics cards makers, said Sasha Marinkovic, senior product marketing manager at AMD's graphics products group at a news-conference on Thursday.

The new 4850X2 is expected to retail in the region of $350-$399 according to ATI.

It is expected to go head-to-head with Nvidia's monolithic single core design Gefore GTX 280 which currently retails in the $499 price range.

It's predicted that the 4850X2 will match and in many cases surpass its Nvidia counterpart. But fundamentally it still suffers from the problem of all dual-chip designs; driver profiles are needed to be able to use both cores in games. If the game is not supported then the 4850X2 will only use a single core.

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The 4870 is roughly 30% faster than the 4850 in most cases.

And games don't have to support multiple GPUs as long as the driver profile is set up right, games don't need to be aware. Sure, it's nice when games are optimized for such behavior, but it isn't a necessity.

GOJI_GKing2000 said,
So how will this differ from a 4870? The 4870 is already twice the power of the 4850, isn't it?

This is gonna be faster than a 4870. This card is gonna be right under the 4870X2. I'm soo getting this when it's out if budget allows

Pretty cool. Personally, though, I'll be sticking to single-card/single-core solutions for now until SLI/Crossfire becomes a little better.

I was wondering why there weren't any HD 4850 X2s on the market. It's just in my price range and I think I'll get one after selling my HD 4850 and HD 2900 XT. I wonder what the power requirements are because that's what prevented me from getting a HD 4870 X2.

i thought this card is just another kind of vaporware

i can predict a price cut for 280 GTX because of this

Possibly, but to be honest I doubt Nvidia even feels threatened by it.

But fundamentally it̢۪s still suffers from the problem of all dual-chip designs; driver profiles are needed to be able to use both cores in games.

The about quote is the reason, how many games actually properly support dual GPU solutions? not many I wager. Till they do, I doubt Nvidia ever battered an eyelid about this card.

EDIT: I know it said drivers, but that is only half the story, as the game still needs to support using both GPUs too.

Xerxes said,
Possibly, but to be honest I doubt Nvidia even feels threatened by it.

The about quote is the reason, how many games actually properly support dual GPU solutions? not many I wager. Till they do, I doubt Nvidia ever battered an eyelid about this card.

EDIT: I know it said drivers, but that is only half the story, as the game still needs to support using both GPUs too.


yeap

just if ATI or nvidia

managed to make GX2/X2 dual cores act as one core(working as one ) in the hardware level

you can guarante graphic card multicores module to be famous / mainsteam

Xerxes said,
Possibly, but to be honest I doubt Nvidia even feels threatened by it.

The about quote is the reason, how many games actually properly support dual GPU solutions? not many I wager. Till they do, I doubt Nvidia ever battered an eyelid about this card.

EDIT: I know it said drivers, but that is only half the story, as the game still needs to support using both GPUs too.


It doesn't need to. Go and read benchmark of 4870x2 and previews x2 cards. Maybe then you'll know what you're talking about.