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AMD Radeon HD 4890 X2's Coming

AMD clarified with press late last week about the immediate future of its line of Radeon HD graphics products, particularly the HD 4870 X2. According to AMD, its partners are now being selected and prepped for validation of its next major part, the HD 4890 X2.

According to reports, the new card will have both GPUs running at least at 1 GHz core clock speed. Depending on the SKU, customers should be seeing 2 GB and 4 GB cards. The specs are not fully confirmed yet, but we'll let you know when we hear anything different.

Previously, AMD stated that there wasn't a real market need for something beyond the HD 4870 X2, since AMD thoroughly felt that its top of the line offering was already leading the competition. Also, as AMD's ultra high-end commands a significant price premium over, the target customer group is relatively small.

As of now, Nvidia's GeForce GTX 295, a dual-GPU product, remains the cream of the crop for Nvidia. With the pending release of AMD's Radeon HD 4890 X2, a follow-up from Nvidia can surely be expected. More to come.

  • trkorecky
    Must trade in current 2GB 4870 X2 for 4GB 4890 X2...
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  • trkorecky
    Must trade in current 2GB 4870 X2 for 4GB 4890 X2...

    But will it play Cry *gets shot*
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  • marokero
    I wish these GPUs were less power hogs to achieve such levels of performance. More efficiency using the same amount of power would've been better, from both AMD and Nvidia.
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  • john_smarty
    want to see what nvidia has to offer since i have the 90 day step up program on my evga card
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  • fonzy
    Besides Crysis is there any game out there that needs that much power? Not being sarcastic just curious.
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  • mlcloud
    Probably not. But it's an easy futureproof.
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  • deltatux
    I agree with the power efficiency and heat efficiency. I think that to me is more important than speed boosts. Just the thought of a dual slot just makes me cringe since the next GPU upgrade I'm getting most likely will take up 2 slots and that's leaving me feel uneasy because that means sacrificing a PCI slot. I already lost my only PCIe slot because of my heatsink controller needing the shortest path to outside my case.
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  • hellwig
    A follow up to the GTX 295 after ATI releases the 4890x2? Unlikely. It took NVidia a year to dual-GPU their GT200 series (needed a die shrink first), and even then they had to underclock the chip. I'm not sure NVidia has anything else up their sleeve. They blew their wad with the GTX280. I think the GT200 is as fast as its going to be, have to wait for the next generation.
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  • FSX would still gobble up that card alive!
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  • The_Blood_Raven
    "both GPUs running at least at 1 GHz core clock speed"
    "customers should be seeing 2 GB and 4 GB cards"

    HOLY JESUS CHRIST! 1 4890 @ 1Ghz clock speed beats anything the GTX 285 can do even if it is OC'd! This might not only be the fastest card, but 2 of them might be the fastest setup!

    The heat these things will produce will be large. I guess it is time to get another GTX 480 radiator...
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