AMD says it has released the world’s fastest graphics card, the ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2, hoping to advance visual computing ever closer to eye-definition computing gaming and cinematic experiences. The new card delivers 2.4 teraFLOPS of processing power.
Also announced today is the ATI Radeon HD 4850 X2 graphics card, delivering enhancd performance at a more competitive price point.
These cards comprise the ATI Radeon HD 4800 X2 series, combining two ATI Radeon HD 4800 series GPUs with a more advanced cross-GPU connection based on the PCIe 2.0 standard, plus 2 GB of ultra-high bandwidth GDDR5 memory.
Together these technologies combine to make the ATI Radeon HD 4800 X2 series suited for the most demanding games, able to deliver astonishing frame rates at extreme resolutions and image quality settings.
The capabilities of the ATI Radeon HD 4800 X2 series were on display in New York City, where experts from the game development community and Hollywood joined AMD to discuss and demonstrate eye-definition computing computing. Eye-definition computing achieves visual computing experiences that seem optically real.
The first application of eye-definition computing computing, demonstrated by AMD in New York yesterday, is Cinema 2.0, the fusion of digital people, places and things, rendered with real-time interactivity. With the help of content creators, AMD demonstrated the first “virtual” actor to be rendered in real-time in lifelike detail during the event.
Based on an advanced 55nm design and DirectX 10.1 support, the ATI Radeon HD 4800 X2 series X2 is immediately available from e-tailers worldwide priced at US$549, while the ATI Radeon HD 4850 X2 is scheduled to be available in September at an estimated price of US$399.3
The ATI Radeon HD 4800 X2 series provides support for ATI CrossFireX, enabling fast gaming PCs with unmatched performance at ultra-high settings. Enthusiast gamers can now run demanding games smoothly in at the highest settings, enabling modes that were not playable before. With the efficient use of all four GPUs in a dual ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 CrossFireX configuration, gamers will enjoy more than 3 times the performance of a single ATI Radeon HD 4870 card in many games.
The ATI Radeon HD 4800 series is supported by a dozen add-in-board companies offering custom designs of the products. Building high-performance versions of the ATI Radeon HD 4800 X2 series products are, ASUS, Club 3D, Diamond Multimedia, Force3D, GECUBE, GIGABYTE, HIS (Hightech Information Systems), Jetway, MSI, Palit Multimedia, PowerColor, SAPPHIRE Technology and VisionTek.