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Radeon HD4870 officially unveiled.

Post Date: 2008-06-24

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX ATI Radeon HD 4870 ATI Radeon HD 4850 ATI Radeon HD 3870
Memory Size 1GB 896MB 512MB 512MB 512MB 512MB
Memory Technology GDDR3 GDDR3 GDDR3 GDDR5 GDDR3 GDDR3
Memory Bus Width 512-bit 448-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit
Memory Clock 1107MHz 999MHz 1100MHz 900MHz 993MHz 1125MHz
Memory Data Rate 2.2Gbps 2.0Gbps 2.22Gbps 3.6Gbps 1.99Gbps 2.25Gbps
Memory Bandwidth 141.7GB/s 111.9GB/s 70.4GB/s 115.2GB/s 63.6GB/s 72.0GB/s

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A single Radeon HD4870 requires a minimum of 400W and two Radeon HD4870 in CrossfireX requires a minimum of 500W.

The Radeon HD4870 is set be available during the first week of July at a MSRP of $299 (512MB vers).

HD4870 vs GTX280 (10% slower, 46% cheaper)




HD4870 vs GTX 260 (5% faster, 25% cheaper)




Edited by skyR - 25 Jun 2008 at 2:33am
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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 24 Jun 2008 at 1:01pm

Very interesting. We will carry them soon.

Thanks for the great news skyR, we don't even need to check websites now. The latest and greatest news are being posted right here in our forums.
 
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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 24 Jun 2008 at 4:43pm

They are now on the site. (Accepting Pre-orders)



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  Quote david5182 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 24 Jun 2008 at 4:56pm
AWESOME!!!
 
Though I'd realy like to get my hands on GTX 280, I think I'll wait till Nvidia pulls its head out of you know where and lowers the the price so as to compete with Radeon 4870.
 
 
EDIT: skyR, the link is dead. :(


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  Quote skyR Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 24 Jun 2008 at 5:04pm
Looks like they were forced to take it down due to NDA, unfortunate =(
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  Quote Randy Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 24 Jun 2008 at 8:26pm
Wow. To run Crosfire with the Radeon HD4870 would cost $600+tax. The price of 1 GTX280,. With the HD4870 in Crosfire you are almost getting the same power of the gtx280s in sli. At half the cost. Well I guess it would be 20% slower According to this. But thats not bad for half the price.  Seems good to me.
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  Quote widdlecat Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 24 Jun 2008 at 8:39pm
I'm happy to see ATI back in the game. Now, if AMD can show signs of catching up! Once they can get 45nm tech goin on they will be solid.
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  Quote SunfighterLC Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 24 Jun 2008 at 11:47pm
I dont think Nvidia can lower their prices without taking a loss, the GT200 line is extremely inefficent when it comes to the waffers. Im kinda pissed I got a SLI mobo now haha....Then again one 4870GX2 DDR5 will make me a happy boy...
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  Quote skyR Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 25 Jun 2008 at 2:05am
AMD has made it official but don't expect to see these cards stocked in stores =p

Anandtech just put up their review... expect more soon.

http://anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3341&p=1
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  Quote Tyler Lowe Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 25 Jun 2008 at 2:08am
That's a great review. Very interesting read with regard to the differences between the architecture in the NVidia and the ATI cards...
 
if you're into that sort of thing...
 
 
 
 
not that I revel in details like that or anything...
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  Quote !ender_ Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 25 Jun 2008 at 2:34am
i think its defiantly an impressive release, expecially considering the price difference. honestly i never had much respect for ati but im glad to see that someone will have nvidia looking over thier shoulders a little. the only negative thing i could think to say about the cards is that the curve isnt increasing by any staggering amount, (again price is a factor) but im always on the lookout for the benchmark comparisons that show a competition crushing result across the board. its just like i mentioned on another thread though, while the price is commendable, i feel that someone sinking over 2 or even 3 thousand into a computer wouldnt really bat an eye at the few hundred bucks with such a strong nvidia trend. but who knows, maybe this will open the field back up
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  Quote gamerk2 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 25 Jun 2008 at 7:58am
Do keep one extra point in mind though: All the new NVIDIA cards (9000 series and above, i think) have full software support for the AGIEA physics engine, already used in several games.  I think that warrents a few extra $$, but its largely up to the buyer.
 
I'm also waiting to see if ATI can finally put out decent driver support over the life of the card.  I know NVIDIA has slipped recently with its driver support, but they still tend to have many more games that run much better. 
 
Finally, remember how the old ATI cards had issues with OpenGL based games (read: DOOM 3)?  I wonder if that trend will continue...I'm still surprised so few people actually test OpenGL rendering on these cards, as enough games are made with the engine each year...
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