A sub-$150 Radeon HD 4000 is on the way

Now that both the Radeon HD 4850 and Radeon HD 4670 are out, AMD has fiercely competitive, current-generation graphics cards at the $80 and $170 price points. That’s all well and good, but it leaves a gaping hole right in the middle—and Nvidia is already playing there with its $130 GeForce 9800 GT.

According to VR-Zone, AMD is planning to fight back against the 9800 GT with a new Radeon HD 4830 graphics card. Quoting what seem to be leaked AMD slides, the site says that card will pack 640 stream processors, a 256-bit memory interface, and GDDR3 memory. By contrast, the 4850 has 800 SPs, while the 4670 has just 320 SPs and a 128-bit memory bus.

VR-Zone predicts the 4830 will appear in stores on October 21 with a sub-$150 price tag. The site has also posted slides that show the card handily outperforming the GeForce 9800 GT. Those seem to be AMD numbers, though, so we advise taking them with a grain of salt—especially considering the firm hasn’t announced anything yet.

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    • Silus
    • 13 years ago

    AH! Just as I called it when the rumor first arrived:

    ยง[<https://techreport.com/ja.zz?id=351565<]ยง

    • scottynx
    • 13 years ago

    hopefully the 4830 is to the 4850 as the 9600gt was to the 8800gt.

    • clone
    • 13 years ago

    that blows chunks…… I was hoping AMD would release refreshes of the 4850 and 4870’s while dropping the prices on the current ones by $50 + each.

    the sub $150 crowd won’t be getting any faster, just more of it….. bummer the 4850 isn’t that amazing anymore and should cost less, additionally ATI needs something to fill the gap between the 4870 and the 4870 X2….. the jump in performance and price is simply to much.

      • Cyco-Dude
      • 13 years ago

      i disagree; the 4850 is an awesome card (still) for the price. the 4870 -> 4780 x2 gap will be filled by the 4850 x2.

      • pogsnet
      • 13 years ago
        • clone
        • 13 years ago

        true but I can get a 9800 GT OC+ for $89.99 this week after $30.00 MIR.

        even without the MIR that’s a very competitive price point.

        I have a 4850 atm that will be gone next week (sold it) and their isn’t much under $150.00 that’s nearly as interesting as the plethora of products Nvidia has swamping the market in that price point.

        the 4670 is good at it’s price point and a 4670 X2 would be interesting if not an expensive option for ATI….. the 4830 will work but I’d prefer a refresh IE: 4855’s and 4875’s while the 4850 and 4870 dropped $40 each to put the final nail into Nvidia’s chances of taking advantage of the Xmas buying season.

          • VILLAIN_xx
          • 13 years ago

          89.99 after MIR? That is TR “deal of the week” worthy.

          where is this deal at?

            • clone
            • 13 years ago

            NCIX.com has weekly specials although this deal was in the “surprise specials”.

            the 89.99 dollar deal was limited quantities…. they had 200 available.

            it’s since sold out.

            I find TechReport’s deal of the week isn’t that great, they seem to focus on only a few retailers and have ignored NCIX.com/NCIX.US which not only offers routinely better deals but price matches the best deals available anyway.

            Newegg seems to grab all the headlines and while their prices are good along with being a great resource for user reviews to see if a product is decent their prices aren’t that wonderful.

    • ish718
    • 13 years ago

    HD4830 is what I thought the HD4670 was going to be in the first place. But w/e HD4830 is definitely an good idea, been a while since AMD hit every market segment of video cards effectively.

    HD4670<HD4830<HD4850<HD4870
    VS
    9600GSO <9600GT <9800GT<9800GTX /+ < GTX260 /216 <GTX280

      • pogsnet
      • 13 years ago
        • robspierre6
        • 13 years ago

        Why are you making such a big deal of that new 260gtx.It’s a little bit faster than the older one.ohh…you checked Anandtech’s bench at that godly resolution.If you recheck the numbers you’ll find the 4870 at 1680/1920 res. faster than the new 260gtx and even faster than the 280gtx i think in 4 out of 6 games.

        And…. i don’t trust anandtech, they tend always to make Nvidia look better.If you compare their numbers to the ones from the TR review of the 4870, You’ll notice how they play with numbers to give the advantage to Nvidia.

        This is how the cards compete.

        4650 > 9400GT
        4670 > 9500GT
        4830 > 9800GT/9600GT/9600GSO
        4850 >9800GTX/GTX+
        4870 > GTX260/GTX260 / 216
        4870 competes 280gtx
        4870X2 >sli GTX280

    • 5150
    • 13 years ago

    Whatever. I just check the TR guides when I need a video card, I don’t have time to wallow through all this crap and decipher it.

    • marvelous
    • 13 years ago

    10% slower for $50 less. Sounds good but many deals to be had these days. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Big-Mac
    • 13 years ago

    I just got my 8800GT/512MB at $99, no MIR needed.
    Go AMD go.

      • Mystic-G
      • 13 years ago

      Yep, you thank AMD. If they hadn’t came out the way they did you would’ve been buying that 8800GT for like $180+

      • asdsa
      • 13 years ago

      Old technology is cheap. I’d rather buy this 4830 for sub$150 than some nvidia leftovers.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 13 years ago

    this whole every-twenty-bucks pricing schedule makes it really hard to decide. There could possibly be a thing here as “too many choices”

      • dlenmn
      • 13 years ago
      • MadManOriginal
      • 13 years ago

      I’m starting to agree. Too much older gen stuff that’s being held over or being shuffled in to a new series especially for NV, at least ATi hasn’t done that quite so much yet. Add in MIR and random sale deals and deciding on a card just becomes a chore. Add in MIRs and deals and it becomes a headache.

      • shank15217
      • 13 years ago

      You mean like CPU pricing? I am sure you can adjust.

        • tocatl
        • 13 years ago

        Probably this card is aimed to people that play at 1280×720 monitors, the 4850 is for gaming at 1680×1050, the 4870 for a 1900×1200 monitor, and the 4870×2 is for the biggest monitors, well thats what it seems…

          • swaaye
          • 13 years ago

          I don’t really see it that way. Running a 4850 at 1280×800 will just get you very, very nice framerates right now and the card will be useful for longer because in this situation it will have a lot of headroom for more demanding graphics. You can also add some high antialiasing to the equation because you have the extra performance.

          I think one should always buy the best he can afford as anything less is going to be a waste of money. Get the card with the best bang for the buck, not some middling card thats “value” has been determined by some frantic, desperate marketing folks.

          Or, if your computing doesn’t need much 3D power, just use an IGP. The modern IGPs offer everything else you could need.

            • ScythedBlade
            • 13 years ago

            Dude … his point is that 4850 is more than adequate for 1280 ….

            • MadManOriginal
            • 13 years ago

            The best one can afford and best bang for the buck aren’t the same thing. I’m sure a lot of people could afford $300 cards but they might not need it and it wouldn’t be the best bang for the buck.

            • tocatl
            • 13 years ago

            My point is that this 4830 may be better for people like me that have small monitors (1280×720)…

        • derFunkenstein
        • 13 years ago

        It’s ridiculously hard to pick a CPU, too. There are about a bajillion CPU’s in the 80-100 dollar range, and a second chunk in the 100-120…it’s like…where do we stop?!

          • MadManOriginal
          • 13 years ago

          I don’t find CPUs nearly as bad, at least not C2Ds. Figure out if you need more cache or can get away with less and just about any C2D will do 3GHz on air pretty easily so in that way they’re all about the same. tocatl is right, GPU is more about what resolution you use and a little about whether you’d keep it for a while for newer games or upgrade at that point.

          • greeny
          • 13 years ago

          Cpus are easy if you are a bit savvy. You buy the one with the lowest price and highest multiplier, then overclock it to faster than anything you can buy from a shop ๐Ÿ™‚ As for gpus I aint a madly keen gamer but I do like a good frag fest now and again, so I think I’ll probably have me one of those 4670s in the next week or something my 6600GT is really showing its age @ 1280×1024 lol

    • Mystic-G
    • 13 years ago

    AMD is a little late on the draw, they should’ve hit the 8800GT/9800GT when they first dropped the other 2 cards. Glad to see them attacking all of Nvidia’s ranges. The more they attack, the better the buy is for the consumers. =) Nvidia’s next new line-up will have to be *gasp* affordable.

    • sotti
    • 13 years ago

    shouldn’t that be sub$150 radeon 48×0 is on the way?

    we already have 4670 and 4750s.

      • Usacomp2k3
      • 13 years ago

      He never said it would be the first such card, just another. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • derFunkenstein
        • 13 years ago

        “A sub-$150 Radeon HD 4000 is on the way” implies that there aren’t any yet. If the headline had said “another sub-$150…” I’d agree.

          • Usacomp2k3
          • 13 years ago

          Good point. The “a” kinda implies a new thing.

      • Cyco-Dude
      • 13 years ago

      there are no 4750’s that i’ve heard of. i think that was just a possibilty of what this card would be named as (4830, 4750, etc).

    • pogsnet
    • 13 years ago
      • MadManOriginal
      • 13 years ago

      You can always play the waiting game for the next thing around the corner. When you need something and will use it right away make the purchase and don’t look back is usually the best thing to do. At least in this case you will get better performance with say a 4850, it’s not like this is a replacement for any current card. It’s due out in mid October though so not long, if the wait is that short maybe hold out.

    • DancinJack
    • 13 years ago

    I’d be really interested in this card if I can get it for ~ 120. Seems like it fits my needs perfectly. Probably along with a lot of other people. Mind you, that is only if it actually outperforms the 9800GT handily as AMD has stated.

    • DancinJack
    • 13 years ago

    EDIT: sorry double post

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