AMD Reveals New ATI Radeon HD 4890 Graphics Processor


Posted May 14, 2009 - By Jake Gaskill

AMD Reveals New ATI Radeon HD 4890 Graphics ProcessorEverything just seems to be coming up lower latency for AMD this week. First rival Intel gets slapped with a $1.45 billion anti-competition fine for illegal maneuvering that infringed on AMD’s business.

And now, AMD has revealed that its new ATI Radeon HD 4890 graphics processor can produce 1.36 TeraFLOPs of computing power and is capable of generating clock speeds close to 1Gigahertz. All them fancy numbers hurt my head, so I’m just going to guess that with the new processor, you could probably play Crysis on the medium detail setting and experience minimal slow down.

AMD touts the “redefining” HD processor as “delivering the best game experience in its price range, including brand new groundbreaking DirectX 10.1 titles.” Why do I have a feeling that Nvidia would question the validity of that statement?

And speaking of that whole “nearing the 1Ghz mark,” Reuters’ Eddie Chan makes the point that, given the ubiquity of gamers overclocking graphics cards and/or processors, this “elusive” graphical milestone was most likely surpassed a while ago. Chan goes on to say that in an attempt to keep the wind in its sails, AMD apparently refers to its new processor as “factory-overclocked". Sounds a bit like the "This one goes to 11" coversation from Spinal Tap, no?

Pricing and availability options are still unknown, but I'm waiting to hear back from an AMD rep, so stay tuned.

Anyone out there tearing through games at blistering speeds thanks to the ATI Radeon HD 4890 graphics card released last month?


AMD Reveals New ATI Radeon HD 4890 Graphics Processor


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