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We have lift off, well nearly!

4870 Launch DayToday is the day that AMD/ATi's new flagship card has been launched, and it seems like they may be in short supply. Most of the online retailers we checked are still showing their stock status of the new cards as 'pre-order'. There are quite a few e-tailers who aren't even listing the X2's yet. It's a similar story stateside too. So it looks like those who wanted to be the first to get their hands on the new cards are in for a waiting game until stock starts to appear.

Scan are selling 5 different cards ranging from £371.29 up to £399.

Ebuyer are offering 2 cards, with prices from £344.95 & £354.98.

Overclockers UK are selling 3 cards, with prices from £375.99 to £399.49. They do have some versions of the 4870 X2's in stock at the moment ( at the time of writing this article).

Early buyers are sure to pay a premium for the new cards, as prices drops are expected to occur quite soon.


Asetek 4870 x2 LCLCOn another X2 note, Asetek have offered a watercooled 4870 X2 out to OEM's, which is a welcome turn as the X2's are said to generate temps nearing 100°C on aircooling with a power draw of around 280 watts. The waterblock used will be of single slot height when fitted, compared with the dual slot height of the stock air cooler. 



From Asetek's press release:

Tests indicate that Asetek's highly integrated, liquid cooling solution lowers the GPU temperatures found on the 4870 X2 by as much as 28 degrees. This enables the cards to have optimum overclocking potential for the extreme applications, but to also run completely silent. Only the system heat exchanger fan that typically runs at a very quiet 30 dB(A)—equivalent to a loud whisper—can be heard.

 You can view the full press release here

Discuss all 4870 X2 matters here in our forum

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08-08-2008, 08:20:11

Hey all,

Over the next month or so I'm planning on building a new rig (As my old one was built 3 years ago and is now so ancient, i use a dell laptop instead!).

My plans for hardware are the following, but I want your input as this will be my first REAL GAMING rig. My old rig was budget (and again I state, 3 years old!).

I expect to have about £1400 to spend on it by the end of August, and will probably fork out a bit more out of Septembers wages too if I feel it needs any sprucing up or fine details added (Sound card, etc... the non-essential niceties).

PSU: Antec TruePower Quattro 850W Modular PSU (£112)
Mobo: Asus Striker II Extreme 790i (£240)
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 2.66GHz (£210)
CPU Heatsink: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 (£16)
GFX: XFX Nvidia GTX 280 (£320)
RAM: 2GB OCZ DDR3 PC3-12800 Enhanced Bandwidth Edition (£131)
HDD: Maxtor 500GB SATAII 7200RPM 32MB Cache (£41)

All suggestions appreciated...

I am not 100% sure on the graphics card or ram... and i will possibly get a better (10k rpm) hdd.

Edit: It's worth noting that I already have a case for this computer (as i will be stripping out all the parts from my old rig and using that case) which is a Thermaltake Tsunami Dream

08-08-2008, 12:31:26

Ide say go for a p45/x48 motherbaord.. Unless you NEED Sli

and for a processor ide say Q6600 and hold off for the new ones?


PSU is fine

GPU ide say the X2 is looking a pretty good choice.. 4870X2 when it hits the shelves.

CPU cooler should be fine..

HDD the one you have picked is fine.

08-08-2008, 13:39:58

Hi Pat,

Thanks for the suggestions.

A quick question - What would the advantages be over having the P5Q Crossfire board, rather than the Asus Striker II Extreme SLI Board. I am not planning on going for Crossfire or SLI since one GTX 280 should suffice!!, so I might be interested in switching if there is reason enough to do so.

Also, did you mean the 9800GX2?

Edit: Another thing is, I have only really been following the Nvidia chipsets (Since the 680i)... Could you explain to me a little bit about the P45 and X48?

08-08-2008, 15:27:07

Intel chips are much better overclockers.

08-08-2008, 16:05:08

Ok I've done a bit of digging after your suggestions of an Intel based board, and I have also changed my mind about spending a shed load of cash on the GTX 280 after seeing the performance benchmarks of the HD 4870... Really... I don't need to spend an extra ~£200 for +5~10 fps on crysis at max res!

PSU: Hi-Power Black 1000W Modular 13.5cm Fan PSU (£70)
Mobo: Asus P5E3 Premium/WiFi-AP (£190)
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz G0 Stepping 95W Edition (£110)
CPU Heatsink: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 (£16)
GFX: PowerColor HD 4870 512mb (£175)
RAM: OCZ 4GB DDR3 1600Mhz Kit Gold Series (£160)
HDD: Maxtor 500GB SATAII 7200RPM 32MB Cache (£41)

Let me know your thoughts.. I've managed to bring the entire rig down by around £350 from the changes, with little sacrifice to performance.

One thing that concerns me is the motherboard... When the new HD 4870X2 card comes out, I would like to be able to Crossfire it with the 4870 i plan on getting now... But this will require CrossfireX right? (Since it would essentially be 3 cards on 2 slots) I don't think the board I have chosen supports CrossfireX... Any other suggestions?


Edit: Is the 95w edition of the Q6600 G0 Stepping a better or worse overclocker than the standard Q6600 G0 Stepping?? Theres only a £10 difference between the two, so I would like to get the better overclocker!

Edit 2: Adding a NZXT LEXA BlackLine Red Mid Tower Case With LCD Temp Display to the mix... Planning on giving my old computer to my parents, so it's best if i buy a new case!

08-08-2008, 20:05:14

The 4870 X2 is two cores on 1 card and only takes up one PCI-E slot. The normal 4870 is a single core card that also take up one PCI-E slot so you could run them both on that motherboard.

Maxtor harddrives are ok but if you have a lil more money to spend, these are highly rated. Samsung Spinpoint F1

08-08-2008, 20:54:09

Hi Bungral,

Thanks for that info. I was under the impression that since it will essentially be 2 cards in one, it might need CrossfireX. But its good to know I will be able to run it with standard Crossfire!!! Will the same apply for 2x HD 4870X2s?

I have now ordered my parts other than the harddrive and case.
I have two 250GB SATAII hdds in my current pc which I will use one of for now, and I will be ordering a new hdd and case next month.

Estimated Delivery Date is Tuesday 11th August with next day delivery, all parts purchased from EBuyer totalling at £734.16 delivered.

Not bad at all, considering I almost got convinced into buying a Macbook Pro for £1500 with laughable specs in comparison!

Thanks for all your help everyone

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