Nvidia’s GT200 arriving before RV770?
ATI’s Radeon 4800 series will be introduced in three flavors – as 4850, 4870 and 4870 X2. The company will also offer a ?4850 256MB? (as opposed to 512 MB in other versions), but this SKU is a so-called “option” and is geared towards to the OEM/ODM/SI crowd to support them with cheaper parts for the back-to-school period and beyond.
The Radeon 4850, code-named ?Makedon,? is AMD’s launch board. The name, by the way, is likely to refer to Terry “Catalyst” Makedon, group manager for software and video in the AMD (ATI) graphics division. Of course, there is a small chance that Alexander Makedonski (Alexander the Great) may have influenced the naming, but somehow we feel that Terry has won this time.
The 4850 board features 512 MB of GDDR3 memory and is expected to be available in volume at launch. We heard that card vendors will start printing their boxes next week, which means that the specifications are final at this time. According to our sources, the 4850 will come with single-slot cooling; CrossFireX is supported with up to four boards in a single system (if you have the appropriate board based on AMD 790FX, 790GX, Intel Skulltrail, X48) and each board will require a single 6-pin PCIe power connector.