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Radeon 4850 Briefly On Sale; Specs

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Seattle (WA) - Amazon.com accidentally put AMD’s upcoming Radeon 4850 graphics cards on sale earlier today and thanks to Google’s page cache we now have a confirmation of a few more technical specifications of the graphics card as well as its price: $199.99.

Our eagle-eyed colleagues from TweakTown were first to spot a Diamond Radeon 4850PE3512 graphics card earlier today. It did not take long until the page was pulled, but thanks to Google’s page cache, the information and pictures have remained available. In fact, Radeon 4850 cards have popped up on several pages in the last days, for example here, here and even on OfficeDepot’s site. Amazon.com’s $199.99 offer is apparently the starting point for 4850-based cards, while others are listing 4850 cards for as much as $230.95.

Only Amazon.com posted the full description of the card as well as a handful of pictures, including a box shot and product shots. According to the posted description, the technical specifications include:

ASIC: RV7000, 512MB Memory, GDDR3 Memory Configuration, 256-bit Memory Interface, Display Formats:x2 Dual Link DVI + HDTV-out with built-in HDMI, PCI Express 2.0 support, 480 Stream Processing units, Direct X 10.1 / Shader Model 4.1,OpenGL 2.0, ATI Crossfire X Multi-GPU Support for highly scalable performance (Up to four GPU support with an AMD 790FX based motherboard), High-speed 128-bit-HDR (High Dynamic Range) rendering, 55nm process technology, ATI Avivo HD Video and Display Technology, Game Physics processing capability, Up to 24X Custom Filter Anti-Aliasing, Unified Video Decoder (UVD) for Blu-ray and HD DVD, ATI PowerPlay energy conserving technology.

We especially want to point out the notion of 480 stream processors, a number that has been debated up until now. Also, the card is promoted with Game Physics processing capability, which may or may not indicate AMD’s first steps in a recently partnership with Havok: AMD graphics have been advertised with physics processing capability for some time.

Amazon.com’s posting also stated that the 4850 requires a 450 Watt or greater power supply (550 Watt for ATI CrossFireX with two 6-pin connectors), hinting to the power requirements of the new card. This specific card will ship with several goodies, including two DVI to VGA adapters, an S Video cable, a Crossfire Bridge Interconnect, a Component HDTV adapter and a DVI to HDMI adapter.

As previously revealed, the Radeon 4850 is based on the RV770PRO graphics processor and will be combined with 512 MB GDDR3 memory in this retail configuration.

According to our sources, the upcoming Radeon 4870 512 MB GDDR5 will be hitting the market in the $299 neighborhood.

It is unfortunate that the ATI Radeon 4850 and the AMD Athlon 64 X2 4850PE processor are one generation apart from each other. It would have been a special treat to see two 4850 processors in one system. But if numbers make you feel warm and fuzzy, you can always combine an Intel Core 2 Quad 8600 and Nvidia’s GeForce 8600GTS. Or you can wait for Intel’s Core 2 Q9600 and Nvidia’s GeForce 9600GT.

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    homerdog , June 16, 2008 3:43 PM
    RV770 has 800 active stream processors.
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    terror112 , June 16, 2008 3:47 PM
    Nice, we finally have proof about the 480 shaders. And at that price!
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    kenratboy , June 16, 2008 4:24 PM
    After reading the GTX 260/280 review, I am hoping ATI/AMD will do a little better.

    If anything, the noise level is unreal according to the review FTL.
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    spaztic7 , June 16, 2008 5:08 PM
    So... is it 480 shaders or 800???
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    Kari , June 16, 2008 6:18 PM
    800 I think... lol
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    homerdog , June 16, 2008 7:59 PM
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    So... is it 480 shaders or 800???

    For some reason Tom's is sticking with the 480SP theory, but 800 it is, and possibly more for redundancy.
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    pulasky , June 16, 2008 9:01 PM
    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?p=3059788#post3059788
    800 sp :) 
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    foxhound009 , June 16, 2008 9:22 PM
    kenratboyAfter reading the GTX 260/280 review, I am hoping ATI/AMD will do a little better.If anything, the noise level is unreal according to the review FTL.


    what? gtx2xx has waaay higher noice level...
    and it's performance isn't much better than the x2 3870....
    so... 4870 x2 for me, you can have your nvidia ;) 
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    ThreatDown , June 16, 2008 11:47 PM
    Yeah that intel/nvidia thing at the end was retarded and pointless
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    The_Blood_Raven , June 16, 2008 11:53 PM
    THAT CARD LOOKS SICK!!!! Love the skull, I guess I'm still a metalhead at heart.
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    JonathanDeane , June 17, 2008 2:27 AM
    Its a shame AMD could not "barrow" some of the tech used in ATI's video cards for its CPU's... I wouldn't mind seeing an 800 Core AMD CPU lol

    I know the tech is totally 10,000% different but sometimes its fun to dream :) 
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    anonymous x , June 17, 2008 3:08 AM
    power hungry....
    i don't care, my antec PSU can take on this card easily
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    mr roboto , June 17, 2008 5:21 AM
    Intel Core 2 Quad 8600?
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    jj463rd , June 17, 2008 8:00 AM
    With the AMD 790FX motherboard chipset you can have 4 of them (Radeon 4850 or even the 4870) in Crossfire.
    Whoa maybe the Spider system and the upcoming 750 Southbridge Mainboards will make up for the Phenom's lackluster speed.
    Put Deneb (or even the upcoming 95 watt Phenom X4 9850) in place of the current Phenoms, with the AM3+ mobos (early 2009) and AMD will give Intel some great competition for a while until Nehalem kicks in (at the end of 2009).

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    Anonymous , June 17, 2008 8:06 AM
    One would pair a Radeon 9800XT with GeForce 9800GTX to make a duo.

    I am using a Antec 430W PSU fine. Hope ATI would release a 4830 that requires less power.
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    bloodymaze , June 17, 2008 4:35 PM
    .... dumb dumb dumb. -- Nvidia prevails again = lower priced cards for ATI, but with the range of price + performance Nvidia gives out, who needs ATI?.... 4870 better be a LOT better, for ATI's sake... I love Nvidia, but I love cheap technology wayyy more -- COME ON ATI STEP IT UP!
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    ThreatDown , June 17, 2008 5:10 PM
    bloodymaze.... dumb dumb dumb. -- Nvidia prevails again = lower priced cards for ATI, but with the range of price + performance Nvidia gives out, who needs ATI?.... 4870 better be a LOT better, for ATI's sake... I love Nvidia, but I love cheap technology wayyy more -- COME ON ATI STEP IT UP!

    The 4850/4870 is looking MUCH better than these for a price performance ratio perspective. what the hell are you talking about? These two nvidia cards are ridiculously expensive, people without boatloads of cash can't buy them, who needs nvidia?
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    MxM , June 17, 2008 7:09 PM
    2870 is going to be cheaper than even GTX 260. That probably mean that 2870 has less performance than GTX 260. ATI knows benchmarks for 260 and they would not price card the whole $100 cheaper if it had better performance than 260. There are no free meals. So, all in all, I think NVIDIA is performance king again in this generation (for the price of cause).
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    homerdog , June 17, 2008 8:39 PM
    ^I sincerely hope that was a joke.
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    Gemmy , June 17, 2008 8:48 PM
    I don't love Nvidia, sure they deliver FPS but always at the cost of quality. Geforce cards are crap thank you.
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