Today however, is about the 250W, $500 multi-GPU solution – internally known as R700. Hot on the heels of the Radeon HD 4800 series launch, AMD shipped out ten R700 cards worldwide, attempting to capitalize on the success of the 4800 and showcase the strength of AMD’s small-GPU strategy.
We’re assuming that AMD will call the R700 based cards the Radeon HD 4870 X2, and based on the chart above we’re expecting them to retail above $500 (possibly $549?). Today’s article is merely a preview as R700s won’t be officially launched for at least another month, but AMD wanted to unveil a bit of what it’s cooking.
The R700 board is literally made up of two RV770s with a PCI Express switch connecting the two. The clock speeds are identical to the Radeon HD 4870, and memory size per GPU remains unchanged at 512MB. In other words, R700 should perform very much like a pair of 4870s in CrossFire. Or should it?