It doesn't come as any real surprise that the HD 4850 X2 is a winner. The whole HD 4800 series from ATI has been impressive and we didn't think this card was going to be any different. It's great to see that Sapphire has jumped straight onto the HD 4850 X2 bandwagon, but what's going to be interesting now is which other companies will release a card with the dual HD 4850 configuration.
The other thing we have to wonder is what Sapphire is going to do now. Will we see a Toxic version, something with higher clocks or maybe watercooling? - No doubt Sapphire has something up their sleeve, but at the moment we haven't heard anything.
While it will be interesting to see what's coming, at the moment we have to concentrate on getting the card we have here onto the market. Unlike most graphics card releases these days, the HD 4850 X2 isn't really available. Hopefully we will see stock show up in the next few weeks. With only one partner at the moment, it might take a little longer than usual for the card to hit the market.
Having a closer look at performance, it doesn't come as any real surprise that adding a second card into the mix doesn't bring the largest performance gains. While we've seen good improvements over the past few months with a four GPU configuration, it doesn't offer the same value as going from one GPU to two.
The HD 4850 X2 helps add another price bracket into the market, but what's going to be so interesting now is how NVIDIA will respond. They have been quiet since AMD/ATI released the HD 4870 X2, which took the performance crown.
Sapphire has done a good job with the card here today; performance is good, cooling is excellent and a nice bundle is offered. All we need now is the card to hit the market and we have another winner of a card based on the HD 4800 series GPU.