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AMD's Latest Graphics Card Could Spell Huge Trouble For Nvidia

The latest Radeon HD Graphics cards from AMD could make rival Nvidia's life more miserable as they take the red team just snatched the title of the world's fastest video card.

The Radeon HD 4870 X2 packs a pair of AMD DirectX 10.1 compatible GPUs each running at 750MHz with 2GB worth of GDDR5 memory and has had a number of partners releasing the card immediately for only USD 549.

GDDR5 technology means that there's more than 1.84 terabits per second worth of bandwidth available.

For those on a budget, the HD 4850 X2 comes with 650MHz and 2GB GDDR3 memory and offers much less than the 2.4 teraflops of raw processing power that the 4870 can muster.

Both cards can compete with Nvidia's latest GTX 260 and GTX 280 cards with the performance delta varying between 30 and 50 percent while consuming less energy than Nvidia's graphics card.

Rival Nvidia has been rather unlucky with a slew of bad news hitting home; but AMD should fear the resurgent Intel which has announced plans to get its Larrabee graphics chip out of fabs by next year.

This is the second time that the semiconductor giant has tried to launch a competitive graphics solution; Intel's last try, back in the late 1990s, with the i740, failed miserably due to performance and driver issues.

In related news, Blizzard has revealed that AMD will start bundling games with AMD-branded graphics cards.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.