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- Wednesday, April 1st, 2009 Like Share






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Underated Apr 2, 09
Great review as usual! Really nice looking card, I'll definitely consider that a future upgrade. Shame I already purchased the 4870, I'd have probably held on for this one.

Hmm, the Powercooler version is going for £209. Very tempting .
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Cheesysoapopra Apr 2, 09
The power consumption on that thing is crazy, almsot approaching the GTX295. I love the 48xx series of cards, but the thing that stopped me from purchasing one over my GTX 260 216 was the power usage.
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VeGiTAX2 Apr 2, 09
Nice card for sure, the power consumption doesn't worry me given that the GTX275 soars beyond that in use. Seems they're all just cutting corners until their next generation comes around at this point. Given the recent sales on newegg one would hope to catch one of these closer to $200 and make out like a bandit.
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kspiess Apr 2, 09
Thanks guys.


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VeGiTAX2 Apr 3, 09
So... when are you sending that off to one of us, your loyal followers?

Any word on what this thing would or wouldn't do in higher card configurations? I know that Crossfire X was branded as a great solution but kind of tanked horribly when it came down to real world performance with performance falling flat in anything beyond 2 cards.
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kspiess Apr 3, 09
Hehe I'd love to send one out to ya dude, but don't know if that'll work hehe.

Regarding multi-card'ing, Over two cards in CrossFireX works better than Tri-SLI -- at least in my last testing. The third card gives you like a 20-25% boost when it works, while the fourth card gives you like 5-10%.

The thing is, you really don't need more than two cards IMHO. A GTX 295 or HD4890x2 or even a HD 4870X2 should be enough for anyone's gaming needs. It's an interesting question to wonder how , say 4x 3870's would compare in price-performance to like a HD 4890. I bet the single card would still offer far better price/performance, even though HD 3870's are so cheap now a days. HD 3870 x 2 might be a good way to go though...

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Xenctuary Apr 5, 09
Damn... this card is blazing fast!

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Vendetta Apr 5, 09
Gonna pop in one of those babies after I buy a couple of SSDs.
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Jesh Apr 6, 09
Unless you are talking in terms of next couple of months, it won't be worth it. I'm waiting until next series' come out (5000 series.) Then I'll buy this best. But for now, I'll stick with a 4830 CF set-up. Which is pretty much 4890.
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senator36 Apr 11, 09
That we are aware of such product as ATI Radeon HD 4890? Recently our tape was renewed by information on technical feature of the booster, in base which will lie RV790 XT. The Colleagues with resource VR-Zone.com report that voltage of the feeding such will is 1,3 V. chip Itself will is executed on 55-nm . The Worker of the frequency ATI Radeon HD 4890 will are 850 MHZ and 975 MHZ for graphic kernel and microcircuits to memories GDDR5 accordingly. The Amount functional block must remain without change. In contrast with ATI Radeon HD 4870 speeds must increase on 15-20%. Besides, there is opinion that ATI Radeon HD 4890 on the market long does not detain. The Price of the novelty will fall within from $199 before $249. It Be Positioned product will as rival NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285.

The Boys with resource IT168.com have conducted the interesting experiment. Using graphic adapter ATI Radeon HD 4870, they pseudo HD 4890 have got by runaway. As adversary was chose adapter GALAXY GeForce GTX 285 Overclocking Edition, which has a factory runaway. The Frequency formula is 695/1500/2500 MHZ while standard frequencies form 648/1476/2484 MHZ. Thereby, in testing will be three participants pseudo HD 4890, standard on frequency GTX 285 and her(its) dispersed variant. Completing the test stand and list of the used plays in table.




Three technological demonstrate its positive attitude to GeForce GTX 285. Not even dispersed GTX 285 overtakes dispersed Radeon HD 4870.

World in Conflict

The Strategy World in Conflict once again reveals the leader on behalf of GTX 285. Begins be created impression that rumours about presence 960 stream processors in HD 4890 can be groundless.


Else two hits confirm that first place for GTX 285. However in play GTA 4 pseudo-adapter HD 4890 it is enough was close selected to leader.

Need For Speed: Undercover

But here is in play Need For Speed: Undercover capacity rival practically is.

As conclusion possible to say following. If the price ATI Radeon HD 4890 will really be within from $199 before $249 success to her is provided. But if amount stream processor beside HD 4890 all will is 960, possible sound competition with GeForce GTX 285. Though at price can be beyond the scope of $250.
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kspiess Apr 17, 09
^^^^^ I don't understand what the secret purpose of that confusing post was. Anyone ?
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Shadow of Death Apr 22, 09
quote kspiess
^^^^^ I don't understand what the secret purpose of that confusing post was. Anyone ?
Sounds like translation work from another language, but it doesn't quite ring of babelfish (though I could be wrong, either babelfish, google translator, or just mediocre English made by someone with a XXXX to English dictionary).

I think he's blathering on about how the 4890 is just a boosted version of the 4870 (which is true, yes?). And how it is positioned as the rival to the GTX 285.

Runaway = Overclocking (Hence, 'factory runaway' = 'factory overclock'). I THINK he said that during an experiment, they (IT168.com) were able to produce a pseudo 4890 via overclocking.

Given time, I could re-translate this messed up translation work, but considering I don't have a lot of knowledge about GPU testing processes, I doubt I'd really be able to get it all done proper.

Essentially, it is pretty much an attempt by someone to get people to visit those sites by means of showing what they've been up to....
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