Friday, May 15th 2009

AMD Delivers the World's First Factory Overclocked 1 GHz Graphics Processor

Building on the success of the recently launched ATI Radeon HD 4890 graphics card - driven by the world’s most powerful graphics processor - 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.


  • With this product, AMD achieves a notable engineering milestone as the first graphics company to break the 1 GHz barrier.
  • The new ATI Radeon HD 4890 utilizes advanced GDDR5 memory and a 1 GHz clock speed to deliver 1.6 TeraFLOPs of compute power, 50 percent more than that of the competition’s best single-GPU solution. With this level of raw compute power, the1 GHz ATI Radeon HD 4890 is set to deliver new levels of general purpose GPU-accelerated performance in ATI Stream applications such as video transcoding and post processing.
  • This new version of the ATI Radeon HD 4890 marks the latest addition to the award-winning ATI Radeon HD 4000 series delivered by AMD technology partners Sapphire, XFX, Asus and TUL.
  • The advanced design of the ATI Radeon HD 4890 delivers an amazing gaming experience in the latest games, including ground-breaking DirectX 10.1 titles such as 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. When compared to DirectX 10 game play, DirectX 10.1 games have proven to deliver higher game performance and an improved visual experience. In addition, these cards feature support for open standards like OpenGL3 with DirectX 10-like hardware extensions, and the recently ratified OpenCL specification.
  • The ATI Radeon HD 4890 supports advanced game physics. At the 2009 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Havok and AMD demonstrated the first implementation of OpenCL running on AMD graphics processors. In the demonstration, Havok’s physics technology delivered complex and realistic simulations of real-world materials like cloth, demonstrating the potential for increased realism in forthcoming games.
  • To date, the ATI Radeon HD 4890 card has won numerous awards, including the prestigious Editor’s Choice Gold Award from HardOCP, the HotHardware Recommended Award and the Editor’s Choice Award from Tweaktown, among others. The accolades speak to the excitement around the product and to the continued strength of the discrete graphics market overall, something analyst Dr. Jon Peddie of Jon Peddie Research predicts will continue to play a strong role in the computing industry.
  • As a result of the worldwide accolades from media, developers, enthusiasts and fans, AMD released an “inside look” at how the card was made and what it means for gamers. The card marks a new aspect to the AMD “Dragon” desktop platform technology, providing an even more powerful single GPU desktop graphics option to OEMs, channel partners, and do-it-yourself (DIY) consumers.
“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.”Source: AMD
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23 Comments on AMD Delivers the World's First Factory Overclocked 1 GHz Graphics Processor

#2
Assassin48
wow
cant wait for the next set of cards
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#4
Bl4ck
Just a PR Stunt, doesn't give "that much" of performance gain really :cool:;) (from the regular 4890 , or a next gen card.)
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#5
_jM
I can't wait for the HD5xxx series (or whatever its gonna be called)
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#6
1Kurgan1
The Knife in your Back
by: Bl4ck
Just a PR Stunt, doesn't give "that much" of performance gain really :cool:;) (from the regular 4890 , or a next gen card.)
*blink* *blink* A 150mhz over stock is a pretty big performance increase. And second your trying to compare it with something else that isn't even out yet and is suppose to be the successor to this (next gen card), of coarse those will be more powerful.
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#8
Hayder_Master
WTF , 1GHz from factory is that mean we see some brand overclock it at 1.1GHz and we overclock it 100mhz more , ohh that's mean maybe we see 1.2GHz core speed
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#9
MrAlex
by: Bl4ck
Just a PR Stunt, doesn't give "that much" of performance gain really :cool:;) (from the regular 4890 , or a next gen card.)
Yeah, even though a 1GHz 4890 performs on par with a GTX 285, sometimes beating it? Look at Sapphire Radeon HD 4890 Atomic Edition reviews.
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#10
zithe
by: MrAlex
Yeah, even though a 1GHz 4890 performs on par with a GTX 285, sometimes beating it? Look at Sapphire Radeon HD 4890 Atomic Edition reviews.
A stock 4890 is on par. A 150MHZ overclock should take it ahead of the 285. Both are overclockable, though. =P
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#11
Tatty_One
Super Moderator
by: MrAlex
Yeah, even though a 1GHz 4890 performs on par with a GTX 285, sometimes beating it? Look at Sapphire Radeon HD 4890 Atomic Edition reviews.
Thats interesting but hardly astonishing, if you overclock a GTX260 it will outperform a stock GTX285 and if you overclock a GTX275 it will outperform a stock GTX285 by a fairly large margin.

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/sapphire_hd4890_atomic/7.htm

What was interesting in fact is that the Atomic does beat the GTX285 in some tests, but gets beat by a stock GTX275 in some still, and that includes tests with AA enabled. Where the HD4890 and especially the Atomic is strong however is it's ability to produce decent frames across most resolutions with good detail levels, the 275 and 285 are outstanding in some of those games but rarely are they as consistent across the board as the 4890/Atomic.
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#12
MrAlex
by: Tatty_One
Thats interesting but hardly astonishing, if you overclock a GTX260 it will outperform a stock GTX285 and if you overclock a GTX275 it will outperform a stock GTX285 by a fairly large margin.

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/sapphire_hd4890_atomic/7.htm

What was interesting in fact is that the Atomic does beat the GTX285 in some tests, but gets beat by a stock GTX275 in some still, and that includes tests with AA enabled. Where the HD4890 and especially the Atomic is strong however is it's ability to produce decent frames across most resolutions with good detail levels, the 275 and 285 are outstanding in some of those games but rarely are they as consistent across the board as the 4890/Atomic.
Your missing the point.
This thread is about AMD releasing factory clocked 1GHz cards, if I'm not mistaken? And Bl4ck said that it woudln't give a massive performance gain. This isn't about OCing, I was just using the Atomic as an example of what a 1GHz 4890 can do.
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#13
Tatty_One
Super Moderator
by: MrAlex
Your missing the point.
This thread is about AMD releasing factory clocked 1GHz cards, if I'm not mistaken? And Bl4ck said that it woudln't give a massive performance gain. This isn't about OCing, I was just using the Atomic as an example of what a 1GHz 4890 can do.
I didnt miss the point, I simply perhaps didnt say all I could have so I'm happy to take a :nutkick:, in fact you will see from some of the tests that at varying resolutions there are some instances where there is not a great deal of improvement between the 850mhz version and the higher clocked (whether it be by overclocking or by factory setting) card, in fact, I beleive I saw in a couple, perhaps lower res that the 850mhz version actually performed better although I appreciate that is not a reflection on the higher clocked cards overall capabilities.

I agree with you regarding the overclocking but in performance terms, unless the architecture changes proportionatly a 1000mhz personally overclocked card performs just the same as the factory overclocked version although I acknowledge the difference to the non enthusiast masses, the guy you were referring to in your origional post just probably meant that, so an overclocker whilst appreciating the acheivement and strengths of an excellent GPU may still think it's just an excuse to charge more for a card that does not perform a great deal better than it's slightly smaller brother.

Again you are right to point out that in many things it can at least equal a stocked GTX285, my point was that the existing stock GTX275 can do that albeit less frequently......lets just hope the premium for the new card isnt too high.
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#14
iStink
Well I won't be getting one. I'm still pissed at AMD for taking my beloved Intel to court and getting them fined $1.45 billion!
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#15
happita
by: iStink
Well I won't be getting one. I'm still pissed at AMD for taking my beloved Intel to court and getting them fined $1.45 billion!

I would have gotten one, but since Windows 7 and DX 11 cards are coming out this year (I hope!), I'm going to hold my breath! 7-eleven!!!!!:roll: I can't wait till the 5k series and the GT300
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#16
3870x2
by: Tatty_One
Thats interesting but hardly astonishing, if you overclock a GTX260 it will outperform a stock GTX285 and if you overclock a GTX275 it will outperform a stock GTX285 by a fairly large margin.

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/sapphire_hd4890_atomic/7.htm

What was interesting in fact is that the Atomic does beat the GTX285 in some tests, but gets beat by a stock GTX275 in some still, and that includes tests with AA enabled. Where the HD4890 and especially the Atomic is strong however is it's ability to produce decent frames across most resolutions with good detail levels, the 275 and 285 are outstanding in some of those games but rarely are they as consistent across the board as the 4890/Atomic.
You are also missing this point: Overclock the GTX 285 and 4890 to their maximum clock, the 4890 will pull ahead nicely.
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#18
trt740
no matter what anyone says thats impressive to say the least
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#19
Tatty_One
Super Moderator
by: 3870x2
You are also missing this point: Overclock the GTX 285 and 4890 to their maximum clock, the 4890 will pull ahead nicely.
Not quite sure what you are saying there, the link I provided was showing the Atomic which is overclocked managing to beat the GTX285 at stock clocks in some but by no means all, once you overclock the GTX285 to it's max I would be surprised if the 4890 would beat it in many at all???
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#20
Tatty_One
Super Moderator
by: r9
Every one should read this. I have stated couple of times that DX10 of today is not what it should be because of NV laziness. Even do the text is very anti NV what is real that in the next round for NV to match ATI have to do much much more work larger die won`t cut it any more.
I agree and it's kind of ironic really seeing as the 8800GTS/GTX was the DX10 pacesetter with radical innovations in architecture but have you seen the confirmed (supposidly) specs for their up coming offerings?
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#21
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Very impressive from ATI.
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#22
Shadin
by: Bl4ck
Just a PR Stunt, doesn't give "that much" of performance gain really :cool:;) (from the regular 4890 , or a next gen card.)
900MHz -> 1GHz on a CPU wasn't all that huge of a performance increase, either, but it still made news sites. It's kind of a landmark in processors, it's going to create some buzz. Don't be a buzzkill. :)
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#23
grunt_408
Hey yeah some hardcore ATI fans have been waiting for the day they can buy a 1GHz GPU. It is a milestone that has been coming for a while. This is really good news I cant wait to see the next generation of 1GHz plus cards.
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