Radeon HD 4890 coming in April?

By on February 16, 2009, 3:22 PM
As Nvidia and AMD continue to battle it out against each other for the graphics performance crown, VR-Zone claims to have confirmed the former is planning to release a new single-GPU card in April called the Radeon HD 4890. The new card is expected to use the RV790 core and come clocked at 850MHz with GDDR5 running at 975MHz.

By comparison, the current RV770-based HD 4870 has a core clock speed of 750MHz and GDDR5 running at 900MHz. The site also says that the GPU will have an operating voltage of 1.3V but makes no mention of an increase in the number of stream processing units. The new Radeon HD 4890 is expected to be up to 30% faster than the current HD 4870 and should cost $299 at launch.

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eafshar said:
30% percent performance increase at no or little price increase are always welcomed.
onearmedscissor said:
Turn a 4870 up to 850 MHz, and you probably won't be able to tell the difference between the two. Considering they increased the voltage, not much special is going on here. I think it's a very welcome change, as the trend has been to REDUCE clock speeds and pile on processors that aren't being used and are wasting power, but I'm not too pleased with the price.Considering it's essentially the same card, I think it's a bit lame that they're putting a $100 price premium on it, especially if it turns out to be 40nm. But I think Nvidia takes the blame for that. AMD aren't going to undercut them if they don't have to, and thanks to Nvidia's ingenious plan to make a squillion versions of cards that are extremely expensive to manufacture, there's no way prices are going down for some time.
FoReWoRd said:
but as ati goes they might unlock some extra shaders to boost it's perf to beat GTX280,285 but if they reduce price they might just have a clear winner..
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