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Old October 23, 2008, 12:53 PM
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Default Will the ATI 4850X2 drop in time for i7

I am hoping someone with more insider info then me...perhaps someone who might be on this forum and currently testing or awaiting a shipped 4850X2 .. I have heard unconfirmed rumors that release (NDA expire) will be early November ..I am just surprised so little has surface about this card so far given it's chance of outperforming the 280GTX for less money... I am wondering if they are going to drop these when the new i7 Systems release to hope to draw some enthusiasts into buying a new sub $400 yet still awesome GPU to go with there new X58 boards ??
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Old October 23, 2008, 01:42 PM
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I can tell you that I don't see it coming in wide release....ever.
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Old October 23, 2008, 02:22 PM
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Well, I think when the lga1336 platform is affodable enough to trick out, the 4870 will be replaced by a bigger badder brother
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Old October 23, 2008, 02:57 PM
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I can tell you that I don't see it coming in wide release....ever.
I was really hoping it would not suffer the same fate as the 3850X2. Not to compare the 3800 series to the 4800 series but I think ATI would have a really solid product on there hands at a really good price if they pushed the 4850X2..I guess maybe that is why they haven't they don't want to cut into the sales of the 4870 and 4870X2 .... But come on keep the squeeze on Nvidia.
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Old October 23, 2008, 03:39 PM
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This is what happens when it is up to the AIBs to design a card. Basically, there is no reference design and the manufacturers have to front most of the R&D. There are not many willing to do that these days.
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ASUS will.
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Old October 23, 2008, 07:01 PM
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Asus will and probably Sapphire but to expect these things to be widely available is a pipe dream. I would still go with a GTX 280 considering drivers will still have a few issues with it being a dual GPU card.
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Newegg will have them, so we will jsut have to hope that they sell them on the .ca site, if you are so inclined. But myself, I'm with you, SKY.
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Old October 23, 2008, 07:07 PM
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I knew the 3850X2 was only a AIB design mostly ASUS if not only ASUS but I thought ATI was designing a reference 4850X2 which wasn't supposed to take much.....lower clocked GPU's and GDDR3 instead of GDDR5 everything else is allready done....which I realize is very ignorant of me but come on..this card would fill a gap in the product line ...and well damn it that's all I got I will stop whineing.
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from what I heard recently, the yield on these gpus is very high, and as such, there are not gpus that really fit the binning of 4850x2, and hence the delay...if the card can do 4870 speeds, why sell as 4850, and make less money? Such a card should only be considered, IMHO, if it is single-slot.
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