A newcomer in AMD/ATI land is a company called Force3D. It's very nice to see some new board partners bringing ATI based graphics cards. The market can definitely use it. Expect Force3D to slowly start selling their products in Europe, Asia and Eurasia.
They already have some series 3000 products on the market, yet with the 4000 launch they hope to get some more reach. So that's a great opportunity for Guru3D to have a look at one of their products. The first being the Radeon HD 4850. The Radeon HD 4850 that Force3D is selling will be targeted more at the price aware end-user. So do not expect huge bundles and modified hardware just yet.
The Radeon HD 4850 they offer is therefore 100% reference based. Nice single slot design, RED PCB, reference cooler. Though I am not 100% sure just yet, you'll receive a two year warranty with their products. Let's have a peek at the bundle:
Included you'll find:
Radeon HD 4850 512MB GDDR3
6-pin to molex converter cable
3-way RCA component cable (Analog HD)
Please be aware that the Radeon HD 4850 that Force3D offers is 100% reference based, therefore their core clock speed is 625 MHZ and 1986 MHz on the memory. Overall a pretty slim bundle, yet again .. that's strategy as this product will likely sell on the market below that 199 USD suggested retail price. Good stuff, considering the performance you'll get out of it.
But more on that in the benchmark session later in this article.
AMD ATI Radeon HD 4870 1024MB review Today a test and review on the new AMD ATI Radeon HD 4870 1024MB. Obviously ATI is releasing a 1GB model to compete with the new Core 216 version of that GeForce GTX 260. The 4870 series really diggs that GDDR5 memory bandwidth, and what's the cheapest thing to do to gain some extra performance ? Increase the framebuffer volume. Now that by itself is not going to work miracles, yet in memory limited situations (loads of high quality textures, filtering and AA modes) it will help you here and there. And a little bit of extra bite is all the product needs to get beat that Core 216 card again.
AMD ATI Radeon HD 4850 Crossfire A review with Crossfire results as well, on the all new Radeon HD 4850 from Force3D and PowerColor. Definitely a review worth reading.
AMD ATI Radeon 3850 & 3870 review Today AMD will launch the Radeon 3000 series products, in specifically the Radeon HD 3850 and 3870. I'll give you a quick hint, these cards are roughly as fast a Radeon HD 2900 XT .. yet they are priced a very promising level; how does a price range of 149 to 249 USD sound ? See, performance wise a 149 USD Radeon HD 3850 will wipe the floor with the entire competitors GeForce 8500/8600 series easily and the 3870 will put up a great fight with the 8800 GTS. With new releases often also we can see a couple of new tricks. Today's announced products will see light of in the form of DirectX 10.1 support, the new UVD (video de/encoding) engine is now integrated opposed to the 2900 XT which didn't have it. Full PCI-Express 2.0 support, and a die-size based on 55nm to die for.