The sibling to AMD's recently released flagship HD 4870 X2 part, the HD 4850 X2, isn't afraid to flex its muscles, if this report from Fudzilla is to be believed.
The dual-GPU powered HD 4850 X2, featuring GDDR3 memory, will apparently excel past NVIDIA's GTX 280 to the tune of between 8 and 34%, depending on the current gaming title in question.
Core speeds of 625 MHz will fuel the HD 4850 X2 and 2 GB GDDR3 fusion and, whilst a 1 GB iteration is a possibility, this isn't expected to be a likelihood as the HD 4850 X2 may be able to boast that all important price to performance ratio, in its intended market segment of course. This wouldn't necessarily stop AMD's creative AIBs though.
Downgrading the memory modules from stellar GDDR5 parts to GDDR3 instead, obviously, paves the way for a launch price of $399, with September being the expected timeframe for availability.
By the by, NVIDIA isn't expected to remain sitting on the fence for long either. It is alleged, that the Santa Clara, CA based purveyor is also rumoured to be exploring the viability of a new dual-GPU part - A GTX 280 GX2.
Apparently, comments made during the company's fiscal Q2 2009 earnings conference, by NVIDIA's CEO no less, have fuelled such rumours that the GT200 may power a dual-GPU solution too. We suspect though, that if such rumours hold any water, NVIDIA is probably working with 55nm GT200 GPUs, to reign in on excessive thermal and power demands.
As dual-GPU powered solutions, such as the HD 4850 X2, aim to come out of the pricing rafters, this may indeed be the next battle ground between AMD and rival, NVIDIA.