The 4850 doesn’t consume a lot more power than the HD 3870. Will it be as acoustically discreet?
Excellent news: At idle, the Radeon HD 4850 proved to be the quietest card we tested – it was all but inaudible despite a fan rotation speed of 1490 rpm, thanks to the fan’s size (that rotation speed is only 27% of the maximum speed).
Unfortunately, the same wasn’t true under load, where the noise levels of the HD 3870 are now only a fond memory. The fan ramps up to 3400 rpm, and while not unbearable, it’s definitely audible and a little annoying – subjectively speaking, a little more so than the 9800 GTX +. Admittedly, the single-slot design, with all that that implies (less heat-dissipation area, a thinner fan and the necessity of re-routing the hot air back into the case) is clearly a disadvantage the 4850 has to deal with.
$450 in Best Buy for a GTX 260.
And the 4850 is pretty close to the 280.
Ouu the 4870 is going to give Nvidia a run for there money
for the first time in a while.
P.S. +1000 -> 2222
MaxSmoothedFrameRate=62 in the Engine.GameEngine section
"it was unavailable due to the sloppy handling of this launch"
Seriously? AMD can't control if their retail partners screwed the pooch on the release date, because they were so anxious to get people this great product. They made sure the product was readily available well before the launch date.
They should be praised for not having a paper launch, not told that it was a sloppy launch, very poor form saying that.
Hell i went to best buy and bought 2 4850's on sunday, when the cards weren't even supposed to be available yet, the guy told me "they have been in stock for over a month in the back, they aren't supposed to be available yet but i can get two for you." Were the AMD police supposed to come and smack best buy on it's hand and keep me from giving them profits?
Sorry if i'm ranting, just put the blame where it belongs.
In french, but the graphs talk by themselves. Ho, and if you want a short translation = impressive and incredibly more efficient than Nvidia (if you compare the size of the GPU, yes it's A LOT more efficient)