Radeon HD 4890 may launch on April 2

AMD could launch its fastest single-GPU graphics card in just over a week. According to VR-Zone, that Radeon HD 4890 we’ve been hearing about for a little while will finally come out on April 2. The report cites no sources, but it says 4890 cards have already started selling in Taiwan and Hong Kong. As a result, AMD has reportedly decided to bring the official launch forward.

VR-Zone goes on to say the Radeon HD 4890 is “expected to retail at around US$249.” (Pre-launch prices in Hong Kong supposedly range from $1,999 HKD to $2,280 HKD, or $258-294 in U.S. dollars.) We saw the 4890 pop up in a European e-tail listing last week, too. The listing quoted a GPU clock speed of 850MHz, and it said the card packed 1GB of 975MHz (3600MT/s) GDDR5 memory.

If you read the news yesterday, you might have seen us talk about another $249 graphics card also scheduled for early April—or so the rumor mill would have one believe, at least. Word is that Nvidia will counter with a $249 GeForce GTX 275 on April 6. However, VR-Zone claims that card’s clocks “aren’t even finalized” and Nvidia partners still haven’t received samples for internal testing.

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    • Palek
    • 14 years ago

    If the launch has indeed been brought forward then surely Cyril knows about it already. It must be a relief for TR staff that they are not a TV news programme because it would require great thespian skills to keep a straight face while reporting on news like this.

    So, will there be a review? 😉

    • wingless
    • 14 years ago

    According to an ATI engineer I happen to know, there is not one but TWO GPU launches in April. We very well may see a 4890×2 before the end of April.

    He’s under NDA and cannot say anymore of course. It will certainly be an interesting month for ATI.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 14 years ago

    And yet out in the open retail sales that cause the company to move a release date rarely if ever happen with retail products from AMD, Intel, or Nvidia. Either none of their products go through Taiwan or your explanation doesn’t work.

    • glynor
    • 14 years ago

    They’re not doing it on purpose… It is Taiwan, and stuff leaks.

    They got burned pretty hard (deservedly) on this site and others for the availability issues with theX800, and then the X1900 failed to live up to expectations. And this was as much due to excess and undisciplined hype, as it was due to the flawed design. Then much the same thing happened with the Phenom I launch and subsequent problems.

    There seems to have been a decided effort from the company since then to under promise and over deliver. There’s been some semblance of effort to ship in volume when they ship, and to speak just a little bit more softly (still a semiconductor company though). Now, of course, it helps to have some nice tech to back it up then though… Otherwise, you’re just ignored.

    Either way… Working this way forces you to keep your partners in the loop way ahead of time and to have product ready to go long in advance. And when you have stuff just sitting there on the shelves in Taiwan, well… Taiwan is Taiwan and does what they do.

    • El_MUERkO
    • 14 years ago

    §[<http://www.overclockers.co.uk<]§ benchmarked it earlier today but the thread on their forums has vanished, nda smackdown i guess my history says the thread was §[<http://forums.overclockers.co.uk/showthread.php?t=17991351<]§

    • MadManOriginal
    • 14 years ago

    Read what I wrote carefully. And companies do release marginally faster hardware. Besides which it’s just rumors.

    • Silus
    • 14 years ago

    The HD 4890 is just an overclocked HD 4870. The pin configuration that is rumored to be different, doesn’t change the fact that the chip in the HD 4890 is exactly the same as the chip in the HD 4870 (RV770), only clocked higher.

    The GTX 275 is actually a bit different from a GTX 260 216, since it packs 240 Stream Processors, instead of 216.

    • khands
    • 14 years ago

    There’s no reason for any video card maker, or CPU for that matter, to make something that’s only 6% faster than what it already has out, you could OC the 4870 and get more improvement than that.

    • ub3r
    • 14 years ago

    HD4890x2 anyone?

    • blubje
    • 14 years ago

    I can confirm the card is going to be out about that date. The models I’ve seen are Gigabyte and Sapphires. Sapphire’s comes in a rather large blueish box with the typical cooler you see. It isn’t that expensive either.

    • ihira
    • 14 years ago

    IIRC, the 9800GTX launched on April 1st.
    That has to be the ultimate irony considering it was supposed to be the succesor of the great 8800GTX.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 14 years ago

    Some random rumor said that the 4890 is ‘6% faster’ than HD4870. Clearly the clock speeds alone are faster than that so unless it’s memory bandwidth limited the 6% probably refers to per-clock improvements. Should be nice but idk who would be looking for a $300 card atm that hasn’t already got a 4870 or a GTX.

    • ish718
    • 14 years ago

    Heh, sounds good. Can’t wait to see official benchmarks…

    • pogsnet
    • 14 years ago
    • toyota
    • 14 years ago

    worth believing? no

    • moose17145
    • 14 years ago

    I already bought a 4870 1GB when they were selling for $250.00, so i doubt I will be looking to buy one, but it is nice to see things churning along and faster products coming out. Especially for those looking to either build a new machine or upgrade their current videocard. I can’t remember the last time there were so many powerful cards for as cheap as they are now!

    Hopefully this will help push the current 4870 1GB cards under the 150 mark. If that happens i may be looking at getting a 2nd for some CF love.

    • toyota
    • 14 years ago

    the gtx275 will have more shaders and tmus than the gtx260. basically its just one of the gtx295 cores overclocked.

    • asdsa
    • 14 years ago

    Just don’t stand the tension of waiting do you :).

    • khands
    • 14 years ago

    That’s what we’re made to believe anyways. Also, even higher clocked one’s are rumored to come out shortly after the initial launch.

    • Vasilyfav
    • 14 years ago

    So it’s just a HD 4870 with higher frequencies, right? Kind of like what gtx 275 is going to be to gtx260 core 216 ?

    • khands
    • 14 years ago

    You think we’d have the platypus if he didn’t? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

    • toyota
    • 14 years ago

    good to see that God has a sense of humor too.

    • willyolio
    • 14 years ago

    the last pope died on april 1st, too.

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 14 years ago

    Gmail launched on April 1st, IIRC.

    • khands
    • 14 years ago

    It was the last major launch, 4850 and 70 I believe, by a couple of weeks again. If it happens again I’m going to go with they’re doing it on purpose.

    • Meadows
    • 14 years ago

    There was something in the shortbread I think about a conficker variant that’s going to start wreaking havoc on April 1, and they said _[

    • damtachoa
    • 14 years ago

    it already comes out for sale on ewiz.

    • Mystic-G
    • 14 years ago

    Nothing can ever be taken seriously on April 1st. Too many start chanting ‘wolf’.

    • Meadows
    • 14 years ago

    I bet AMD delayed the launch by one day to avoid ridicule.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 14 years ago

    heh AMD has a hard time controlling their product launches. Didn’t they move up the HD4850 (or maybe some other recent card) because it was sold prematurely as well?

    I don’t see how NV could launch a card on April 6 which is only two weeks away when it hasn’t even gotten to partners for testing yet let alone have finalized clock speeds.

    • Spurenleser
    • 14 years ago

    While the original listing disappeared, a new one popped up some hours ago:

    §[<http://www.salland.eu/[email protected]W1iLXBjaS1leHByZXNzLXgxNi1oZC00ODlhLXpkZjcuaHRtbA==<]§ The site claimed to have more than 5 items in stock and allegedly the delivery time is 5 days max.

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