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"In terms of performance, the Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 X2 usually performed directly in-between the Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 and Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 X2, but rarely excelled past CrossFireX Radeon HD 4850 performance. The barely-beta release video drivers wreaked havok on our testing, causing many of our benchmarks to be removed from this review until we can retest with more mature software. There were some issues testing with 3dMark Vantage, but otherwise all tests were stable; just not consistent in performance results.
Value is always relative to supply and demand, along with whatever retailers think they can get from the consumer audience at any particular time. Sapphire Technology has indicated the initial launch price for North America will be $419 USD. At the time of launch, a single Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 Video Card 100242L is being offered by NewEgg for $159.99 (before additional $20 mail-in rebate promotion) making for a sub-$300 CrossFireX configuration with equal or better performance. The Radeon HD 4850 X2 might have a tough time convincing buyers with a painful economy putting pressure on budgets."
"The Sapphire Radeon HD4850 X2 2048MB graphics card may not be widely available yet, but when it does appear at your favorite online retailer, the price is expected to be about $400 (US). This is definitely a big chunk of change, but compared to other high end graphics cards it is not outrageous. You could expect to pay somewhere around $550 for a Radeon HD4870 X2, and NVIDIA's GTX 280 might come in somewhere between these two offerings on the ATI side of the fence. The HD4850 X2 offers high end graphics performance at a price that is much more competitive with NVIDIA's top offering, and that makes it very appealing.
Considering the features, specifications, real world performance, and pricing, the Sapphire Radeon HD4850 X2 2048MB graphics card finds itself in a very interesting place in the graphics card market. With all things considered, it earns the Bigbruin.com awards of "Highly Recommended" and "Gaming Approved"."
"Competitive price, market leading features, great cooling and some excellent performance, it really is hard to ignore just how good the Sapphire 4850 X2 is."
"With this card running in neighborhood of about $300 dollars we feel that this card offers a excellent price to performance ratio and if you can't afford the higher 70 series X2 this card is a very good replacement for both 2D and 3D gaming. It is our hope that ATI/AMD continue to bring cards to market that are equal in speed and quality of performance of the Nvidia counterparts since we all know competition is what brings the price down for both brands."
"In the end, the Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 X2 is a solid performer with some interesting features. Just be aware of the potential issues we've pointed out if you're in the market for a graphics card of this type. If it's within your budget and you may make use of the additional outputs, the Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 X2 isn't likely to disappoint."