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Old June 19, 2008, 03:41 AM
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Default AMD Radeon HD 4850 CrossFire Review

Did the preview leave you wanting? Well, TweakTown has just posted an article entitled “Radeon HD 4850 In Crossfire at 4GHz”.

Here’s an excerpt:
“What's great about the HD 4850 isn't just the fact that it offers excellent value for money in Crossfire, but also that the performance you get is the difference between playing games at 1920 x 1200 and not. While the HD 4850 on its lonesome is probably best for gaming at up to about 1680 x 1050, if you really want to up the ante and get some 1920 x 1200 or 2560 x 1600 gaming in, going Crossfire is definitely the right thing to do.

What AMD has on its side is the fact that Intel boards are Crossfire compatible, and what enthusiast doesn’t have an Intel CPU with a supporting Intel chipset? - While the 700i series of chipsets from NVIDIA are popular, they have nowhere near the market share of Intel. Thanks to the price and the ease of setup, anyone can really get on the Crossfire wagon.”


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Owch.... the GTX 280 gets wrecked by 4850's in CF in quite a few tests, and considering that even with two cards the 4850's are about 150-200$ less expensive, I think Nvidia might be in trouble here.
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Preview : ATI Radeon HD 4850 (page 1: La carte) - HardWare.fr

Poor les froncophones :).

This is clearly the round winner.
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WOW LOL. I think I might just buy a pair of these! But that requires a new motherboard, and probably a new CPU to upgrade. Should my E6600 be good for a while to come still?
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Owch.... the GTX 280 gets wrecked by 4850's in CF in quite a few tests, and considering that even with two cards the 4850's are about 150-200$ less expensive, I think Nvidia might be in trouble here.
Actually $200-300 less expensive, if you include MIRs. Starting price is $650, $599 after a $50 MIR. Then there are models going >$700.
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That's even worse, lol. So imagine what performance we'll be able to get from 2x 4870's or a 4870x2 . That might still be cheaper than one 280! Seriously owch for Nvidia, but at least it keeps things interesting and competitive.
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ATI will rise once again. This card is almost identical to the GTX 260, which rumours says will be around 499$. For 150$, that card is a pure gem, and we can all see that Nvidia are scared now.... just look at the re-release of the 9800GTX under the codename 9800GTX+. Bad move in opinion, it's good in term of marketing, but your pissing off all the people who bought 9800GTX. It's really playing with fire.

I'm amazed by the performance of the 4850 and I can't wait to see the 4870 and 4870x2.
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I really want to see how it performs in CFX with an older 3850 card. I am afraid they will not mix great together.
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ATI will rise once again. This card is almost identical to the GTX 260, which rumours says will be around 499$. For 150$, that card is a pure gem, and we can all see that Nvidia are scared now.... just look at the re-release of the 9800GTX under the codename 9800GTX+. Bad move in opinion, it's good in term of marketing, but your pissing off all the people who bought 9800GTX. It's really playing with fire.

I'm amazed by the performance of the 4850 and I can't wait to see the 4870 and 4870x2.
An nice thing about 4870 x2, if all the rumors and comments from ATi are true, while its dual GPU, it is NOT a CF solution :D (ie no CF scaling issues, shared memory, meaning if the card has 1gb memory, it means 1gb memoryu TOTAL not 512 for each gpu, and etc, ie a monster)
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