AMD Breaks 1GHz GPU Barrier With Radeon HD 4890

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News Posted: Wed, May 13 2009 10:03 AM

We always knew this day would come, but we certainly wouldn't have guessed May 13th, 2009. At any rate, AMD has today proudly announced the planet's first 1GHz graphics processor (without third-party / user overclocking, of course) with the ATI Radeon HD 4890 GPU. If you'll recall, we actually benchmarked the standard 850MHz version early last month, and just two weeks ago PowerColor introduced a version with a 950MHz core clock speed.



Beginning now, however, users with a lust for raw horsepower can sink their teeth into a factory overclocked, air-cooled HD 4890 that hits the magical 1GHz barrier. There's been no formal announcement made about what partners will be selling the 1GHz variant, but AMD does note that Asus, Club 3D, Diamond Multimedia, Force3D, GECUBE, Gigabyte, HIS (Hightech Information Systems), ITC, Jetway, MSI, Palit Multimedia, PowerColor, SAPPHIRE Technology and XFX are all estatic about the news. That bleeding edge sure kills, doesn't it?



AMD Delivers the World's First 1 GHz Graphics Processor

- Nine years after launching the world’s first 1 GHz CPU, AMD is again first to break the gigahertz barrier with the factory overclocked, air-cooled ATI Radeon™ HD 4890 GPU –

SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- May 13, 2009 --Building on the success of the recently launched ATI Radeon™ HD 4890 graphics card -- driven by the world’s most powerful graphics processor1 -- AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced availability of a factory overclocked graphics processor that is the first to break the 1 Gigahertz (GHz) barrier using standard air-cooling solutions.





“Throughout the 40-year history of AMD, we have continually focused on technology firsts that deliver superior value to the customer,” said Rick Bergman, senior vice president, Products Group, AMD. “The 1GHz ATI Radeon HD 4890 continues that tradition by increasing the performance and compute power of our flagship single-GPU solution, ensuring a great experience whether our customers are playing the latest DirectX 10.1 game or running GPU accelerated applications built with OpenCL.”

Ecosystem support
The ATI Radeon HD 4890 graphics card is supported by a dozen add-in-board companies offering a variety of custom board and cooling solutions. Technology partners include ASUS, Club 3D, Diamond Multimedia, Force3D, GECUBE, Gigabyte, HIS (Hightech Information Systems), ITC, Jetway, MSI, Palit Multimedia, PowerColor, SAPPHIRE Technology and XFX.

Here is what partners are saying about the overclocked edition of the ATI Radeon HD 4890 graphics card:

"Achieving air-cooled clock speeds of 1 GHz with our Vapor-X cooler immediately puts the new Sapphire HD 4890 Atomic Edition graphics card in an overclocking class of its own,” said Adrian Thomson, vice president, Marketing, Sapphire. “At 150 MHz above stock speeds, this card will unlock new levels of performance and allow gamers to push the latest DirectX 10.1 titles to new highs in image quality and frame rates.”

“XFX is renowned for its ability to design and deliver high-performance graphics products, expertly overclocked to maximize every aspect of the GPU,” said Eddie Memon, senior vice president, Marketing, XFX. “The XFX team was excited to see just how far we could push the 1 GHz ATI Radeon HD 4890. I know our customers are going to love the performance of XFX’s ATI Radeon™ HD 4890 Black Edition. Hitting 1GHz is an amazing feat, even more so when done in production-level volumes and with overclocking headroom to spare.”

“ASUS has always prided itself on delivering leading technology, and the ASUS EAH4890 Formula Series packs all of the great features and performance gamers crave,” said Kent Chien, associate vice president of graphics and multimedia business, ASUS. “In addition, we are equipping the ASUS EAH4890 Formula Series with Voltage Tweak technology and Super ML Cap, giving gamers the flexibility to boost GPU voltage and achieve as much as an 18 percent performance improvement over factory settings. The ASUS EAH4890 Formula Series and Voltage Tweak is a potent combination.”

“With the PowerColor PCS++ HD4890, we built a truly performant graphics card around the exceptional ATI Radeon HD 4890 graphics processor and added our own ZEROtherm cooling system,” said Ted Chen, CEO of TUL Corporation. “The mix of ATI Radeon HD graphics technology and PowerColor design gives our customers enthusiast-level game performance at an affordable price.”

Note: Damage caused by overclocking AMD’s GPUs above factory-set overclocking is not covered by AMD’s product warranty, even when such overclocking is enabled via AMD software.

About AMD
Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) is an innovative technology company dedicated to collaborating with customers and technology partners to ignite the next generation of computing and graphics solutions at work, home and play. For more information, visit http://www.amd.com.




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acarzt replied on Wed, May 13 2009 11:24 AM

" There's been no formal announcement made about what partners will be selling the 1GHz variant, but AMD does note that Asus, Club 3D, Diamond Multimedia, Force3D, GECUBE, Gigabyte, HIS (Hightech Information Systems), ITC, Jetway, MSI, Palit Multimedia, PowerColor, SAPPHIRE Technology and XFX are all estatic about the news."

That makes me laugh lol So basically we can expect THESE companies to sell the 1Ghz variant.

Cool, when can we expect a review? :-D

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Riks replied on Wed, May 13 2009 12:19 PM

awesome, hopefully it won't be too much more than the 850mhz..

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It's hard to believe that GPU clocks never had the GHz explosion that CPUs had. CPUs went from 500MHz to 3GHz in what, 4 years, maybe less? Still, it's hella cool to finally have that power, even if it's not as efficient per clock as Nvidia.

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Super Dave replied on Thu, May 14 2009 12:57 AM

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Still, it's hella cool to finally have that power, even if it's not as efficient per clock as Nvidia.

Hey, whadaya mean? Could you please explain this to me!

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Nvidia's competing GPUs are clocked a couple hundred MHz slower yet perform similarily.  So we'll see even more power once Nvidia hits 1GHz.

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acarzt replied on Thu, May 14 2009 11:59 AM

Nvidia is also using GDDR3 vs GDDR5 with ATI :-P

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