THERE WAS A TIME when jumping the gun was something partners actually feared, but now it’s become something all ATI partners and retailers do. It’s like a ritual now, and everyone gets to do it at least once. It also generates some buzz, we’re sure (gosh, we’re talking about it, aren’t we?).
This time it’s the HD4870X2 that’s on pre-sale at Geizhals.at, the Austrian pricing search engine. Its launch price is listed at just under €400, which officially translates to $600. We get shortchanged in €uroland, so it’s unofficially $550 in the US or sumfink.
This isn’t a very attractive price, but with the HD 4870’s reputation, enthusiasts will be gobbling these up in no time – even if the price does reach GTX 280 levels before the end of the month.
The official launch date is August 12th 2008, but you can get it right now from Austrian and German e-tailers. The card is specced like this (exactly like an HD 4870, only two of everything):
Core Clock: 2x750MHz
Memory: 2x1024MB GDDR5
Memory clock: 900MHz
Memory interface: 2x256-bit
2x800 stream processors
Fab process: 55nm
Reference: Sapphire 21137-00-40R
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