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GIGABYTE shows off AMD's unreleased Radeon HD 4850 - "FAST"!

by Parm Mann on 4 June 2008, 13:33

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We've been on the lookout for an HD Radeon 4850 here at COMPUTEX ever since GIGABYTE hinted at AMD and NVIDIA's next-gen graphics cards.

Fortunately for us, part of that search came to an end today when we had our hands on this:

Yep, that's AMD's forthcoming mid-range GPU, the Radeon HD 4850. It's a single-slot design, and it doesn't look all too dissimilar from the current 3800-series. Our sources state that AMD aren't allowing its partners to adjust the reference design at launch. If indeed that is the case, every Radeon HD 4850 will initially look like the above, with the various partner-provided derivatives arriving later on.

The card provides 512MiB of GDDR3 memory and features dual DVI-I outputs. Unfortunately, GIGABYTE weren't willing to cough-up any further details, despite showing the card. Nonetheless, there's support for CrossFire X and our favourite feature is undoubtedly the sticker that says "FAST".

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GDDR3?? What happened to ATI using GDDR5???
GDDR3?? What happened to ATI using GDDR5???

GDDR5 is to be used on the HD 4870, this is the HD 4850 which uses GDDR3.
So what happened to GDDR 4? :stupid:
So what happened to GDDR 4? :stupid:
Inflation is increasing at the moment, you know. Everything is going up rapidly, so why not memory numbering? :D
AMD has done a great job with the new HD 4000 series cards. Much faster than the previous HD 3000 series. One single HD 4850 is faster or equal to the high end HD 3870 X2 card. So I can only imagine how super fast the HD 4870 X2 will perform.