AMD's plan for the AMD ATI Palit HD 4850? Create an easily scalable GPU that can stack up on a single card, so if you need more horsepower, you have an affordable upgrade path.
Just as luck would have it, we managed to get a board for testing. The results: trading blows, the XFX-built GeForce 9800 GTX XXX and the AMD ATI Palit HD 4850 end up in a dead heat. Both cost the same, and both post roughly the same performance numbers. AMD scores a couple extra frames in Crysis, and nVidia takes it right back during Unreal Tournament 3.
Worried about running up the electric bill during this slugfest? During all these runs, our test bed fluctuated between 156 watts while idle to 241 watts under load with the HD 4850. The XXX broke a sweat keeping up with the AMD ATI Palit HD 4850, running about 20 Watts hotter both when idle and when playing Crysis.
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