updated 02:05 am EDT, Thu April 2, 2009
ATI Radeon HD 4890 GPU
AMD on Thursday morning further expanded its "Dragon" desktop platform with the introduction of the ATI Radeon HD 4890 graphics card, featuring 1.36 TeraFLOPs of computing power, faster GDDR5 memory, and engine clock speeds capable of nearly 1GHz. The GPU card offers support for DirectX 10.1 titles, including Ubisoft's Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X., Electronic Art's BattleForge and SEGA's Stormrise released last month, as well as GSC Gameworld's S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Clear Sky. According to the company, the new graphics card is not only designed to provide exceptional value to OEMs and channel partners but also to do-it-yourself (DIY) consumers.
According to the company, the new desktop graphics card can handle "the most intense games at high resolutions and image quality settings" and can be tuned for further performance enhancements as well as combined with as many as three other ATI Radeon HD 4890 cards in a single PC utilizing ATI CrossFireX technology.
The card also features ATI Stream technology, which in combination with a number of ATI Stream-enabled applications, can accelerate the conversion of standard and HD video into multiple formats for use on differing consumer electronics devices. Software companies such as CyberLink has optimized its video editing software PowerDirector 7 to make use of ATI Stream technology to provide GPU accelerated video conversion.
As with previous generation chips, the ATI Radeon HD 4800 series cards supports smooth playback of HD digital content using AMD's second-generation Unified Video Decoder (UVD 2.0). In addition, the cards support HDMI, picture-in-picture and 7.1 surround sound.
The ATI Radeon HD 4890 graphics card is expected to be integrated PCs from OEMs such as ASUS, Club 3D, Diamond Multimedia, and MSI. The cards also available immediately for $250 (and priced at select etailers as low as $230 after mail-in rebate).