Feeds

AMD, Nvidia introduce new GPUs

GeForce 275 GTX sneaks in ahead of Radeon 4890

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

AMD has taken the wraps off its latest 'world's most powerful' graphics card - a claim curiously absent from Nvidia's announcement, made just hours before, of a new GPU of its own.

AMD, first. The card in question is the ATI Radeon HD 4890, with a speed of "nearly 1GHz", the company gushed. Almost, guys, but not quite. Wake us up when we get there.

AMD ATI Radeon HD 4890

AMD's ATI Radeon HD 4890: almost, but not quite, a gigahertz card

AMD didn't say exactly what frequency the 4890 runs at, but board sellers, such as Sapphire, are offering versions set to 901MHz and 850MHz, with the board's GDDR 5 memory clocked to 1GHz and 975MHz, respectively.

The 55nm part contains 956m transistors, many of which go up to form the 800 unified shader processors, which support DirectX 10.1 Shader Model 4.1 and OpenGL 3.0.

Like past high-end Radeons, the 4890 has a Unified Video Decoder (UVD) core on board, to process H.264, AVC, VC-1 and MPEG 2 codecs. The GPU itself has hardware DivX decode.

All the usual suspects will offer 4890-based graphics cards. Many will offer boards based on Nvidia's new GeForce 275 GTX too.

Nvidia GeForce 275 GTX

Nvidia's GeForce 275 GTX: mid-range at the high end

This boy has 240 unified shaders operating at 1404MHz and 80 texture processing units. The GPU overall runs at 633MHz. The standard memory configuration - 896MB of GDDR 3 - is clocked at 1134MHz.

It accelerates all the key HD and standard-definition video codecs. Like the 4890, it's a two-slot card.

The Radeon HD 4890 is available immediately in boards priced at the $249 (£171/€188) mark. GeForce 275 GTX comes in at between $229 and $249 (£157-171/$173-188). It goes on sale on 14 April. ®

Reviews
HIS HD 4870 IceQ 4+ Turbo
Gigabyte passively cooled Radeon 4850
Asus ENGTX285 TOP

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
PEAK APPLE: iOS 8 is least popular Cupertino mobile OS in all of HUMAN HISTORY
'Nerd release' finally staggers past 50 per cent adoption
Tim Cook: The classic iPod HAD to DIE, and this is WHY
Apple, er, couldn’t get the parts for HDD models
Apple spent just ONE DOLLAR beefing up the latest iPad Air 2
New iPads look a lot like the old one. There's a reason for that
Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec
You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that
Lawyers mobilise angry mob against Apple over alleged 2011 Macbook Pro crapness
We suffered 'random bouts of graphical distortion' - fanbois
Caterham Seven 160 review: The Raspberry Pi of motoring
Back to driving's basics with a joyously legal high
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
The hidden costs of self-signed SSL certificates
Exploring the true TCO for self-signed SSL certificates, including a side-by-side comparison of a self-signed architecture versus working with a third-party SSL vendor.