Radeon HD 4890 shows up in European e-tail listing

Remember those rumors about an upcoming Radeon HD 4890 from AMD? Well, it doesn’t look like they’re rumors anymore. At least, a listing for the new high-end graphics card has popped up at Salland, an online retail store in the Netherlands.

The listing describes a Sapphire version of the Radeon HD 4890 (model number 21150-00-40R) with an 850MHz core clock speed and 1GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at an “effective” 3900MHz. In case you’re wondering, the plain old Radeon HD 4870 1GB normally runs at 750MHz with a 3600MHz memory speed. If I have my math right, the faster RAM should give the 4890 almost 10GB/s higher peak memory bandwidth than its older sibling.

So, how much does this thing cost? Salland quotes a €259.95 pre-order price. Considering the relationship between prices on both sides of the Atlantic, you can probably expect U.S. pricing to end up south of the $300 mark. (Pedants will note that €259.95 actually works out to $337.55, however.) Salland says you can expect the card to become available in April, which sounds like confirmation of the mid-April release time frame we heard last month.

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    • greeny
    • 11 years ago

    I believe that this one will be faster than yours, cos its a red one! (possibly with a racing stripe, and flame graphics) 😛

    • ub3r
    • 11 years ago

    If this card is 850Mhz stock, then it should overclock to 950Mhz. 🙂
    And it has faster ram.

    So i think itll finally have a clear advantage over the GTX260 reloaded.

    But price could be a bit too high. but European prices are always rip off anyways.

    • Firestarter
    • 11 years ago

    For any Dutchies wondering, it’s a legit shop.

    • HurgyMcGurgyGurg
    • 11 years ago

    Meh, it will be a nice incremental improvement but at that price its not worth it. It will probably fall fast and settle slightly above the GTX 260’s price, where its performance is.

    It makes sense though, yields are producing some pretty good 4870s, my 4870 is running perfectly stable at 835 Mhz for the GPU and its was made in September.

    • damtachoa
    • 11 years ago

    what is the different between sapphire toxic 4870 1gb at 780/4000 and this 4890?

      • michael_d
      • 11 years ago

      I would not believe these specs until the card is actually released.

    • Vaughn
    • 11 years ago

    It might just be a Phenom II style upgrade, some minor tweaks and overclocks a hell of alot better.

    Anyone who is expecting a next gen card surely hasn’t been in this game long enough.

    • jonybiskit
    • 11 years ago

    if there is a review, could you have a quick section on the difference between a 4870 and 4890 pls?
    Or is that something i should go to a school to figure out =/

    • michael_d
    • 11 years ago

    *yawn*. I am waiting for 40nm

    • Dually
    • 11 years ago

    wrong thread

    • StuG
    • 11 years ago

    IMO this is a response to the again re-re-released GTX260 “Reloaded”. Only reason being is that finally after all that NV has done to the GTX260, it is beating some HD4870’s at really high resolutions. This card is ATI’s answer to this problem. They will release this, grab a few bucks out of its initial starting price, and than drop it down to that of the GTX260, and than drop the HD4870 even lower. This will keep it so that when you look at the price range, ATI has an “on-par” if not better card than NV, but still woops in the bang-for-buck section.

    • glacius555
    • 11 years ago

    It just doesn’t make sense… Who in the world will buy this if it is only an overclock?

    • Big-Mac
    • 11 years ago

    No way, $300 for an OC 4870 1GB is too much, many 4870 can do GPU @ 850 MHz , Mem @ 1200MHz.
    ATI, plz show us the miracle 🙂

    • MadManOriginal
    • 11 years ago

    Too much for an oc over a ~$200 card. This and apparently any NV release before the fall is a refresh, either sit tight or hope for a hot deal.

    • ecalmosthuman
    • 11 years ago

    Personally, I am digging the new ~$300 starting price point for high end (non-dual GPU) cards. Gone are the high end card launches at $500-650.

      • PRIME1
      • 11 years ago

      Gone are also the days of people who can afford $500-$650 🙁

        • Farting Bob
        • 11 years ago

        Only those with far too much money ever brought $600 GPU’s, and most of those people will still have more money than sense. Contrary to popular belief, not everyone has lost their job since October.

        • GTVic
        • 11 years ago

        They never could afford it (assuming fiscal responsibility), they were just stupid 🙂

          • Anomymous Gerbil
          • 11 years ago

          Jealousy will eat you up inside.

      • KamikaseRider
      • 11 years ago

      I remember when I bought my 8800GTX for $649,00.

      The incredible thing is that after 3 years it’s still a good card.

        • ImSpartacus
        • 11 years ago

        But the 8800GTX was an excellent investment, whether you knew it or not. Most “top-of-the-line” cards don’t stay on top for very long, but the 8800GTX stayed on top for over a year. It was a bad year of GPU’s.

    • juampa_valve_rde
    • 11 years ago

    hey! why pedants? we have to pay more for the hardware because in the us it cost less (much less) and someone always as to fill the wallet of this people! 😐

      • TheEmrys
      • 11 years ago

      I do not think the word Pedants means what you think it means.

        • khands
        • 11 years ago

        +1 for the Princess Bride reference.

          • Usacomp2k3
          • 11 years ago

          …Which incidentally came out on Blu-Ray today.

    • khands
    • 11 years ago

    That price seems a bit high for an OC, albeit a high one. Wonder if there will be any architectural changes accompanying it? Will be interested in the benchmarks as it will have to fight the GTX 285 at that price level.

      • asdsa
      • 11 years ago

      Well, the architectural change is that it can clock higher. Probably overclocked 4890s are on roadmap.

      • clone
      • 11 years ago

      early launch parts prey on popularity and sell for higher then once demand has settled the prices adjust to stimulate more sales, it’s no surprise that it’s initially a little spendy.

      850 core 1950 mem standard …. their must be some overclocking benches on the web to provide an impression of the performance those settings will offer.

        • khands
        • 11 years ago

        Yeah, but with the 4870 hitting close to $150, I’d expect the 4890 to start around $260-$275 and drop down to $220-$235 a month or two afterwards. A difference of around 15%, but I think it would hit home a lot harder with just a slightly lower price point.

          • MadManOriginal
          • 11 years ago

          Note that this is a 1GB card price, not comparable to ~$150 512MB cards.

            • khands
            • 11 years ago

            Yeah, but the 1GB 4870’s are hovering at ~200 now, and are likely to drop ever so slightly when the 4890 does. Either way, a 15-20% premium for the 15% increase in clock speeds would just make more sense to me. Of course, the only thing we’ve seen is a 100Mhz core, 75Mhz memory increase. If there’s more to it than that (as I alluded to with my initial post) I could see the higher premium being more reasonable.

            • clone
            • 11 years ago

            solid points to be sure, time will tell if AMD did more than just clock speed.

            as always performance will control it’s positioning.

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