Monday, April 6th 2009

ASUS Launches EAH4890 Series with Voltage Tweak for 15% Performance Upgrades

ASUS, world-leading producer of top quality graphic solutions, has today introduced the ASUS EAH4890 Series—the world’s first graphics cards to utilize Voltage Tweak technology. With this innovation, users will be able to boost GPU voltages via the SmartDoctor application and enjoy up to an amazing 15% in performance improvement. For users who are looking for a graphics card offering astounding graphical performances even on default settings, the ASUS EAH4890 TOP will enable an 8% performance boost, delivering exhilarating gaming experiences.

Up to 15% Performance Boosts with Voltage Tweak Technology
Equipped with the Voltage Tweak technology and SmartDoctor application, the ASUS EAH4890/HTDI/1GD5 raises GPU voltages from 1.312V to 1.4V, allowing GPU and memory clock performances to be boosted from 850MHz to 950MHz and 3900MHz to 4600MHz respectively. Such unprecedented performance upgrades help raise the EAH4890’s 3DMark Vantage Extreme Preset score from 4612 to 5300—an unbelievable 15% speed improvement when compared to any other reference designed board*. Gamers can now feel the adrenaline rush afforded by true-to-life graphics performance, only with the ASUS EAH4890 Series.

Enjoy 108% Performances under Default Setting
The EAH4890 TOP offers a guaranteed increase of its GPU and memory clock performances from 850MHz up to 900MHz and 3900MHz up to 4000MHz respectively. With such extraordinary performance increases, the EAH4890 TOP’s 3DMark Vantage Extreme Preset score is raised from 4612 to 4980—an astonishing 8% improvement in speed when compared to any other reference designed board*. This default 8% improvement is the perfect platform for gamers looking for extreme gaming performance right out of the box. So get ready to feel the adrenaline rush of gaming like never before—only with the ASUS EAH4890 TOP!



SmartDoctor for the Most Powerful Overclockability
ASUS garners yet another world’s first with the ASUS SmartDoctor—an overclocking utility capable of tweaking the GPU voltage on the EAH4890 Series. Now, with just a mere few clicks, the ASUS SmartDoctor will deliver astounding voltage boosts and performance upgrades—all without the hassles of re-flashing the BIOS at the risk of damaging the cards, or groping blindly for a overclocking button at the back of the chassis.

ATI Stream Technology
The EAH4890 Series also incorporates the ATI Stream technology, which utilizes the massive parallel processing power of AMD graphics processors to deliver new capabilities that go beyond the traditional usage scenarios of graphics rendering and video processing. This enables better balanced platforms capable of running demanding computing tasks faster than ever. Along with leading third-party industry partners and academic institutions worldwide, AMD is building a complete ATI Stream computing ecosystem, one that delivers the performance, applications, software and tools necessary to turn AMD's low-cost application acceleration vision into reality.

Note:
* Performance Configuration
PCI-Express 16X:
MB: MaximusExtreme Rev:2.00 BIOS: 0802
CPU: Intel Core 2 Extreme 3.00GHz (QX9650)
Memory: 2048MB (DDR3 APACER 1333 1024M * 2)
HDD: WD SATAII 300 1600AAJS
DVD-ROM: LG DVD-GSA-H55N
- Overclocking capabilities may vary when using different cards
- The 3DMark Vantage score was obtained using Extreme Preset
Source: ASUS
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15 Comments on ASUS Launches EAH4890 Series with Voltage Tweak for 15% Performance Upgrades

#1
ShadowFold
I wonder if that software can work with 4870's.. I will DL it later and get my 4870 to 850mhz if I can. Right now I can only do 775 stable..
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#2
toyo
SmartDoc is 30 days trial for non-Asus cards I think, free for Asus videocards. As a user with a HD 4850 I don't recommend installing it. It has many problems...
I wish that AMD would have released HD 4890 already OC so it would have the single GPU crown, not like this, being kicked so brutally by GTX 275 in almost all benchies.
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#3
Tatty_One
Senior Moderator
I was just reading a review on the Asus, the voltage tweaking can actually take it to 1.45v! Very nice.
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#4
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
I may give this a try on my 1GB card. Although, I wish they would implement their 3 step Overvoltage protection like they do on their GTX275 cards.
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#5
1Kurgan1
The Knife in your Back
by: toyo
SmartDoc is 30 days trial for non-Asus cards I think, free for Asus videocards. As a user with a HD 4850 I don't recommend installing it. It has many problems...
I wish that AMD would have released HD 4890 already OC so it would have the single GPU crown, not like this, being kicked so brutally by GTX 275 in almost all benchies.
If I am correct 4850's are missing the component that would allow voltage control, so using this on a 4850 would cause issues where as a 4870 might not. And there is 2 options for buying 4890's OC'd... Anything I seen the 4890 puts up a good fight with the 275.
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#6
Frogger
by: 1Kurgan1
If I am correct 4850's are missing the component that would allow voltage control, so using this on a 4850 would cause issues where as a 4870 might not. And there is 2 options for buying 4890's OC'd... Anything I seen the 4890 puts up a good fight with the 275.
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AMD has put two VT1165 voltage controllers on their cards. One is responsible for the VGPU core voltage and the second one controls the memory voltage. This is very nice for overclockers because they can now change both voltages via software. For the average joe, it is a production cost increase that seems quite unnecessary."

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Sapphire/HD_4890/ w1zz's review
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#7
nafets
by: 1Kurgan1
If I am correct 4850's are missing the component that would allow voltage control, so using this on a 4850 would cause issues where as a 4870 might not. And there is 2 options for buying 4890's OC'd... Anything I seen the 4890 puts up a good fight with the 275.
You are correct. The Asus software won't work on any HD4850s and a majority of the recent HD4870 1GBs out there now. It would still be limited to reference PCB design HD4870s with the Volterra VRM controller...
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#8
1Kurgan1
The Knife in your Back
by: Frogger
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AMD has put two VT1165 voltage controllers on their cards. One is responsible for the VGPU core voltage and the second one controls the memory voltage. This is very nice for overclockers because they can now change both voltages via software. For the average joe, it is a production cost increase that seems quite unnecessary."

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Sapphire/HD_4890/ w1zz's review
Look back at what I said, a guy earlier mentioned it didn't work well on his 4850 and thats what I was talking about.
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#9
EastCoasthandle
by: toyo
SmartDoc is 30 days trial for non-Asus cards I think, free for Asus videocards...
Do you have a link for this?
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#10
soryuuha
does vgpu leads to higher clocks of memory? isn't suppose to be core only?
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#11
TreadR
by: soryuuha
does vgpu leads to higher clocks of memory? isn't suppose to be core only?
by: Frogger
AMD has put two VT1165 voltage controllers on their cards. One is responsible for the VGPU core voltage and the second one controls the memory voltage.
As it was said before. ;)



Alex, I knew you would post this news! :toast:
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#12
laszlo
"delivering exhilarating gaming experiences"

soon the vocabulary won't be enough :laugh:
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#13
alexp999
Staff
by: TreadR

Alex, I knew you would post this news! :toast:
What makes you say that?
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#14
TreadR
by: alexp999
What makes you say that?
A hunch...
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#15
Hayder_Master
very nice card with stable overclocking , but im wait for non reference cooler design from asus
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