Monday, June 02, 2008

AMD/ATI Begins Shipping 4800 Series Cards To OEM's

According to TG Daily AMD has begun shipping ATI Radeon HD 4850 series cards to its OEM partners. AMD/ATI is aiming for a sizable June 18th launch of the new product generation, with the Radeon 4850 512MB boards leading the charge.

Final pricing has not been set yet, but speculation is that the card will debut in a range between $179 and $219. The folks at TG Daily believe that the board will be priced exactly at $199. AMD/ATI said they will decide on final pricing during the Computex tradeshow which opens today.

The Radeon 4870 512 MB is expected to ship later this summer and will be the first graphics card in the market to integrate GDDR5 memory. However, the 4870 X2, will face stiff competition from the GeForce GTX 260: Radeon 4870 X2 cards will sell for $499, while the GeForce GTX 260 is likely to debut at $449.

While specification for the new 4800 series are still uncertain we did get a sneak peak at them late last month.

  • ATI Radeon HD 4850 - 650MHz/850MHz/1140MHz core/shader/memory clock speeds, 20.8 GTexel/s (32 TMU x 0.65 GHz) fill-rate, available in 256MB/512MB of GDDR3 memory or 512MB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 1.73GHz
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 - 850MHz/1050MHz/1940MHz core/shader/memory clock speeds, 27.2 GTexel/s (32 TMU x 0.85 GHz) fill-rate, available in 1GB GDDR5 version only
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 - unknown core/shader clock speeds, available with 2048MB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 1730MHz

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