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June 1, 2008 7:38:23 AM

I've pretty much been following the rumors and "news" as closely as I can. And I'm just wondering if I have this right. (at least according to the most recent rumors)

1.The 4870 will launch on June 16th, but not be availiable in quantity until later sometime this summer.

2.The 4870 will cost $300 at launch, but due to the limited avaliability will likely cost more.

3.The 4870 should perform somewhere between the 3870X2 and the 9800GX2.

I'm just wondering because I'm definitely getting either the 4850 or the 4870 this summer. I really would like a dual slot cooling solution, because I'd just rather have the better cooling. I wouldn't mind getting "only" the performance of the 4850, but isn't it supposed to be a one slot cooler? I'm willing to spend $300, maybe a little more, but not too much more.

I guess they will probably have dual slot cooler versions of the 4850 sometime after launch. How long do you think it will be until this cards start appearing?

Also, is 512mb of video memory starting to become not enough? I am also getting a new 24" monitor, and I do plan on playing my games at 1920X1200. With the newer games, and with more eyecandy such as antialiasing and stuff on, will the 512 start to be not quite good enough?

Even if the answer is no, I really don't think I would be willing to spend the extra money for the GTX260 or GTX280. Although I may spend more on a 1Gb version of a 4870 or 4850. Although again, I do not know how long it will be until these versions are out.

I'm hoping to buy as soon as possible, but early July would be good.

So anyway, thanks for any input.

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June 1, 2008 8:07:24 AM

sorry in advance for this reply not being relevant to your question...

but nice icon! TF2 ftw :D 
June 1, 2008 8:15:55 AM

512 isnt quite enough for me on my 24 inch with 9800gtx. however i dont have sli and the 4000 series has gDDR5, so u might be better off
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June 1, 2008 8:28:41 AM

aznguy0028 said:
sorry in advance for this reply not being relevant to your question...

but nice icon! TF2 ftw :D 


lol, thanks. It's such a great game.

makotech222 said:
512 isnt quite enough for me on my 24 inch with 9800gtx. however i dont have sli and the 4000 series has gDDR5, so u might be better off


Yeah, that's true. I could probably do without AA at 1920X1200 anyway if I really need to. I don't think it'll really be that much of an issue. I mean, right now I use an x1950pro with 256mb at 1680X1050, so I think the 4870 could handle 1920X1200 pretty good with 512.

I mean, regardless of the increase in performance, 512mb at 1920X1200 probably wouldn't be worse than 256mb at 1680X1050.

June 1, 2008 8:44:09 AM

I prefer aznguy's icon (Kakashi FTW!)
on topic: I think all of your assumptions up there are probably correct
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