Radeon HD 4850 graphics cards arrive early

By on June 19, 2008, 12:02 PM
AMD was supposed to officially launch its Radeon HD 4800-series cards sometime next week, but after some European e-tailer jumped the gun and began to sell cards the company had no choice but to lift the NDA early on its latest-gen HD 4850 graphics cards – with the 4870 to get the lime light next week on June 25.

Coverage is already beginning to trickle in from around the web and the new card form AMD is shaping up to be a very impressive product. The 4850’s performance able was to match both the GeForce 8800 GT and the 9800 GTX in a bunch of major gaming titles, and with a price tag of $199 the card is cheap enough to be competitive in the market against Nvidia’s solutions. On the power consumption front the Radeon HD 4850 outshined Nvidia’s G92-based cards, which is what we’d expect from a smaller GPU based a 55nm fabrication process.

We'll have our own take on the Radeon HD 4850 in the coming days, but in the meantime you can read some early reviews at TweakTown (in CrossFire), PC Perspective, and techPowerUp.

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xempler said:
Hmmmm this or the new 9800 GTX+ - what to do, what to do.
canadian said:
Nvidia, better drivers *Cough*
black_adder said:
go for an x2... better than 2 cards in crossfire still
zyle said:
"go for an x2... better than 2 cards in crossfire still "Ummm . . . why would anyone shopping around for a $200 card like the 4850 even consider an X2 when they average $550?
Acclamator said:
I am a die hard EVGA fan boi but I live in Austin TX, a major AMD design facility. Along with the amazing performance these new cards are providing I can't hold myself from staying on the NVIDIA route. ATI FTW!
aolish said:
not sure what is up with ppl complaining about ati drivers. there drivers have been stable every since. This is old news. The past is the past. Before commenting how about unstable ati drivers, how about checking your systems before putting the blame on someone else. And in reality ATI and Nvidia could care less about us. Remember, when either company goes down its the CONSUMERS THAT LOSE!!!!! Why? HIGHER PRICES and slower innovation in products. If it wasn't for Nvidia OR ATI both companies would over charge there customers like crazy!
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