AMD breaks the 1GHz barrier with the ATI Radeon HD 4890


AMD seems to release a new chunk of silicon every five minutes but when they break the 1GHz barrier with a graphics card, it’s worth taking notice.

The ATI Radeon HD 4890 is the first standard air-cooled GPU to reach the clock speed milestone, nine years after they managed with CPUs, and it offers 1.6 TeraFLOPS of graphics crunching power.

AMD claims this factory over-clocked unit is 50% faster than the competition. What we do know for sure is that it’s going to make video transcoding, post processing and, of course, gaming that little bit smoother.


NVIDIA slyly reveals the new 9600 GSO: low end graphics card for the masses


NVIDIA normally likes to make a big fan fare of its new graphics card announcements, using words like ‘ultimate visual computing experience’ and ‘visual computing revolution’. But this rousing lingo is reserved for its top end models; the ones designed for people who build PCs costing nearly as much a small family hatchback.

The poor old 9600 GSO gets no such honour; NVIDIA just made do by dumping the details on its website and pretending like it had no idea how it all got there. In spite of that though, this could be a pretty important card for the PC gaming market…