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    Posted: 17 Feb 2009 at 11:20am

VR-Zone claims to have confirmed ATI will release its HD 4890 in April. The new card is expected to use the RV790 core and would appear to put to rest an earlier rumor stating ATI plans to name its new card the HD 4970. As currently spec'd, the HD 4890 will come clocked at 850MHz with GDDR5 running at 975MHz. The current RV770-based HD 4870 runs at 750MHz (core) and 900MHz (memory).

VR-Zone also says there will be two versions of the new card, a standard and OC edition. The standard edition is expected to launch in mid-April, with the OC card reaching retail by the end of April. if the rumor pans out, expect the OC edition to cost $299 at launch.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Feb 2009 at 11:25am

The OC edition will be a good competitor against the 280/285. Hopefully this will drive prices down so the high performance single core cards can be much more affordable for the mainstream consumers.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Feb 2009 at 1:17pm
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Good to see the competition.  I am an nvidia fan but think ATI is a viable and reasonable alternative.  I agree with Joe, the two companies locked in battle has to mean lower prices and better products.
 
Good to see the consumer actually be put in a position that they will not lose.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Feb 2009 at 1:24pm

Is there any ati manufacturers that offers a step up like Evga? If so, that would be awesome.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Feb 2009 at 7:39pm
Originally posted by joe11 joe11 wrote:

Is there any ati manufacturers that offers a step up like Evga? If so, that would be awesome.

 
Hi Joe
 
I have never heard of an ATI card manufacturer offering a step up.  I was interested and did some research and found the question in a number of different forums.  It was never answered in any of them so I guess the answer is now.
 
I think that EVGA and BFG have step up programs, but that is about it.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Feb 2009 at 7:46pm
I think that they are planning to introduce a dual core card as well based on the RV790.  Oh, my gosh and they will fight on pricing as well.
 
If only they could write drivers that work, these cards would be something.  In any case Nvidia has to be nervous.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Feb 2009 at 11:45pm
I agree with you there on the driver issues. That was my biggest gripe with ATI when I was faced with the decision between ati and nvidia. Needless to say, I chose the less problematic path.

It would be nice if Evga got into manufacturing ATI cards like XFX did. It would probably become the #1 ATI card manufacturer.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Feb 2009 at 7:37am

Hi Joe

 
I think that EVGA has historically been an nvida partner / shop.  That changed somewhat with the x58s when they started to build motherboards with Intel chipsets.  It will be interesting to see if they eventually partner up with ati as well.  Nvida seems to be challenged in the pc area with the intel chipset based motherboards and the ati video cards.  I am not sure how this will effect their partners in the long run and if they will start offering ati products.  It will also be interesting to see if nvidia comes up with something that will work with the i7s.  Perhaps there is a licensing problem and Intel is trying to capture the entire pc platform market (a bad thing in my opinion). 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Feb 2009 at 8:18pm
Alan, Nvidia is coming out with a chipset for the X58/I7.  I read about it on a forum that also had info reguarding the I5's that will release this fall.  You are right though that Intel has held onto the licensing for the X58, but Nvidia does have plans to introduce their version for the new platform(which may acctually be the X5*, not sure if they are planning a different version of the X58).  Not sure if they are waiting for the I5 launch(I believe the I5 will be more of a main stream board) before they launch.. 
I will try and track down the thread I was reading and link it!!
 
Here is a link to some more interesting info regarding Nvidia and Intel..
I guess there might not be an nvidia chipset for the X58.......
 
 
 


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Feb 2009 at 8:34am
Hi
 
@power has a link to a simialar article. 
 
I hope nvidia wins this one.  The competition will spur innovation and keep prices down.  I am not sure that I like the idea of Intel controlling the components of the mother board as the price of using their cpu's.  That will put them in the position of dictating how your computer will look and function as opposed to being a choice to consider. 
 
AMD may be the wild card in this if Intel gets to greedy.  I believe that they have been as good (maybe better in some cases) as Intel in cpu design and have fallen down on the implementation and manufacturing aspects.
 
I also am not clear on how Intel can claim the right to the technology to talk to their cpus. 
 
Good post Munch.
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