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AMD has just dropped us word of their latest graphics card release, the ATI Radeon HD 4890, which they’re claiming is the most powerful graphics processor in the world.
The beast runs at 850MHz, has 1.36 TeraFLOPs of processing power, as well as 1GB of GDDR5 memory and the functionality to cram four of these things in the same machine, using ATI’s Crossfire technology.
It’s notably faster than its predecessor, the HD4870, but slower than the dual core X2 variant. Pricing reflects that, with the card retailing between £185 and £200. It’s not a massive leap, just an evolution of existing cards, but it’s certainly a solid upgrade if you’re running a graphics card that’s a couple of years old.
AMD, fighting a constant battle with Intel over the PC chip market, has announced that it’s releasing a new graphics chipset aimed at low-end PCs, called the 760G. It’ll be replacing the aging 740G chipset. The company is promising an energy efficient design and ‘smooth multitasking’, as well as a “compelling out-of-box visual experience for novice gamers playing some of today’s most popular games”.
It’s the word ‘novice’ that makes me laugh, because it seems to imply that anyone who’s played PC games before will fail to find a “compelling visual experience” using this chip. The 760G supports DirectX 10, and you’ll be able to upgrade easily to a full-on ATI graphics card with the Hybrid CrossFireX technology.
The 760G will begin showing up in motherboards from Asus, ECS, Gigabyte, Asrock, MSI, Foxconn and Biostar as of today, starting with the Asus M3A76-CM, and the Gigabyte GA-MA76GM-US2.
The mid-range of graphics cards sells well. To consumers it represents that sweet spot between getting awful gaming performance and paying through the nose for a bit of silicon. NVidia’s Geforce cards have done rather well out of that market in recent years, but ATI aren’t letting them get away with it – they’ve given us the HD 4830…
We don’t do PC component reviews very often on Tech Digest because there are websites that specialize in that subject in far more technical detail than we could. So I’m not going to talk technical detail and specifications here. Instead, I thought it might be nice to give you a more qualitative idea of what it’d be like if you were to spend £370 just on a graphics card.
Alienware has announced that it is launching ATI CrossFireX on its top-end ALX desktop machines. This is the manufacturer’s first first-ever quad GPU solution to support DirectX 10.1.