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AMD Radeon HD 5870 X2, 4900 series enroute?

updated 12:05 pm EST, Fri February 6, 2009

AMD Radeon HD 5870 X2 Leak

A Dutch reseller listing and additional leaks suggest that AMD is not only planning a new 4900 series but that one of its Radeon 5-series cards may be a dual-chipset card. Showing as the ATI Radeon HD 5870 X2, the card appears to be a higher-clocked version of the 4870 X2 with each individual core speed climbing from 750MHz to 800MHz while the memory makes the biggest leap from 3.6GHz to 4.8GHz while keeping to GDDR5 RAM. The example also has built-in HDMI, though this has been an option for most recent AMD video cards.

The board doesn't have a ship date and is priced at about 677 Euros ($865), but a production card is expected to sell for much less; it's not known whether the entry is a placeholder or a reflection of inside knowledge.

Beyond this potential flagship, more modest introductions are also reported and would have the Radeon HD 4950, 4970 and 4995 X2 step in as replacements for the 4850, 4870 and 4870 X2. Their details are also unavailable, though the naming scheme points to a clock speed increase to maintain competition against faster NVIDIA chipsets than a genuinely new architecture. These may be due as early as the CeBIT expo in March. [via Guru 3D]

by MacNN Staff



  1. paulc

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Fast Video Cards...

    teamed with Snow Leopard are going to be an interesting combo... now that we know there will be a harnessing of all the power in a GPU for things other than first person shooters!

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Mac Pro???

    I'd like to see these options show up on an updated Mac Pro.

    Knowing Apple, though, they like offering video cards for that machine that are two generations old.


  1. chefpastry

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Well, now that they have a 5-series, maybe us Mac users will see the 4-series made available to us...

  1. mytdave

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple's problem is

    Who knows what their problem is. It's really unbelievable. Someone over there has got to get on the stick and work out driver issues.

    They need a universal driver, and then specific targeted drivers for the cards they want to optimize.

    Heck, even under Linux, one driver works with most nVidia cards. I don't see how this could be so difficult. This lack of graphics card support and upgrade ability is a major obstacle for Apple - and they don't seem to realize it.

    Ironically, almost any graphics card on the market will work in a Mac Pro... if you're running Windows on it.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    You forgot one thing...

    Apple is all about bullshit marketing. That's why I "switched" from a 10 year apple supporter to an i7 windows 7 player. I am quite happy with it. Tired of paying thousands of dollars for old technology especially in this economy.

    F*ck Apple, they can sit on their high priced sticks, meanwhile iHackint0sh my way with my new, UPGRADEABLE, & compatible OSX capable PC... Apple, swallow your pride, that Mac Pro isn't even worth half the price; never support locked in format computer systems.

    People, you must find ways to break the barriers of these evil marketing computer companies. Break the fascist companies balls and do a hackint0sh!

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    one more thing...

    ...(no punn intended)... hahahaalso, those Mac Pros are using expensive Xeon processors with a restricted, under developed motherboard as always.Apple buys a few quality components, namely intel, then mashes it all together with cheap-as$ motherboard, then will charge you up the a** for as long as it call to get you coming back. Spread the news, F*ck Apple!!

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