Sapphire has been showing off their new HD 4850 non-reference design, that you have already been discussing here. The card uses an eight layer PCB designed by Sapphire and comes with a quieter cooler. Even though it offers these improvements, the card is cheaper to make which should bring its retail price below that of the reference design cards.
Sapphire shows off cheaper non-reference Radeon HD 4850
Posted on Thursday, Aug 21 2008 @ 23:36 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Techpowerup spotted a non-reference Radeon HD 4850 graphics card from Sapphire at the Games Convention in Leipzig. The card has a eight-layer PCB and a quieter cooler. It doesn't really look that pretty but it should be cheaper than the standard version.