Is AMD planning a new, faster dual-GPU graphics card to take on Nvidia's GeForce GTX 295? That may well be the case. A Dutch retailer briefly offered a "Radeon HD 5870 X2" for pre-order last week before removing all traces of the item this morning.
The listing quoted a model number—CGAX-58758X2—and a hefty price tag—€677, which would likely translate to ~$700 in the United States. Hilbert Hagedoorn from Guru3D was lucky enough to grab a screenshot of the spec sheet, which mentioned an 800MHz GPU speed and 4,800MHz GDDR5 memory. (The Radeon HD 4870 X2, by contrast, runs at 750MHz with 3,600MHz GDDR5 RAM.) According to Hagedoorn, this 5870 X2 might be based on a new 40nm graphics processor, and AMD could launch it officially at CeBIT early next month.
For what it's worth, the current Radeon HD 4870 X2 costs as little as $429 at Newegg and €400 at Salland, while Nvidia's slightly faster GeForce GTX 295 is a notably pricier $500. In theory, using 40nm GPUs could allow AMD to undercut Nvidia further while making headway on the performance front.