ATI Radeon 4850/4870 and 3850/3870 mix and match Page: 1
ATI Radeon 4850/4870 mix and match with Radeon 3850/3870
 
If you're eagerly awaiting the release of AMD's next generation of graphics cards, which should arrive this week, don't be so eager to turf your existing card. According to sources close to AMD, there is an “inter-generation compatibility” between the Radeon 3800 and 4850 series of cards. Considering that both are DirectX 10.1 parts, there shouldn't be any reason as to why the cards won't play nicely together.
 
It appears that ATI did not integrate a driver lock or something else that would stop you from combining a 3870 card with a 4850 or with a 4870 model. Just keep in mind that these two cards need to include the same amount of memory. If you mix and match a 3850 with 256 MB of memory with a 4850 512 MB, the 4850 card will default to 256 MB. If you wonder whether you will be able to combine a 3870 X2 card with a 4850 board, our sources indicated that this scenario should work as well.
 
Interoperability is a good thing right? Surely the consumer stands to win here.
 
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