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ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 Preview @ The Tech Report
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ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 Previews
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Ehh Gad!
By Jay2tall on 7/14/2008 8:27:55 AM , Rating: 2
This puppy would be a match made in heaven for a 30". I am so glad to see ATI/AMD graphics cards coming up to par. Nvidia has been on top long enough and needs some competition. And competition equals lower prices and a benefit to the consumer. Both in price and new technology. The GTX 260/280 debuted at $350/$650? And then along came the 4850/4870 at $200/$300 and just blow things back in Nvidia's face. The economy sucks right now and people want a deal, and ATI gave it to them. The 4870 may not be the top dog, but for the price you just can't beat it on the top end. Actually the 4850 is a better deal price/performance wise, but I'm not a fan of the single slot coolers. I've had an XFX 8800GTS/512 for some time now and am happy. The $280 I spent was well worth it, however the new GTX's seem to be a bit much for what you realistically get. I'm not going to run CUDA, just games, give me a game card. Thanks ATI!

RE: Ehh Gad!
By ajfink on 7/14/2008 8:57:38 AM , Rating: 2
I've never understood why people make such a big deal over CUDA when AMD's cards have equally capable and in many ways identical C-based programming capability. That's why people have gotten PhysX working on AMD cards.

At any rate, if you want a 4850 with a dual-slot cooler, I wouldn't be surprised to see some non-standard versions of the card coming from manufacturers as soon as AMD stops limiting its supply of the GPU, which it has been doing to get rid of the supply of reference version cards that were put together for the release.

RE: Ehh Gad!
By 325hhee on 7/14/2008 9:35:48 AM , Rating: 2
Nvida was quick to do two price drops in 4 days, but their high end cards are still $550+ and what about CUDA?

He also noted that he made progress getting his hands on a Radeon 4800 card and noted that his CUDA Radeon library is “almost done.” Badit said that “there are some issues that need to be addressed, since adding Radeon support in CUDA isn’t a big deal - but it’s not enough! We also need to add CUDA support on AMD’s driver level and its being addressed as we speak.”

Well, there's your answer, CUDA will be supported under ATI cards down the line. Now, that AMD/ATI is finally on the positive side, I hope they'll revamp their quad cores to be more competitive with the Intel's even if it doesn't out perform the Intel's at least be on par.

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