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Alienware add ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 to gaming desktops

Alienware add ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 to gaming desktops

Continuing the tradition of slapping every new superlative video card into their high-end gaming rigs, Alienware has announced it will be offering the ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 as an option in certain desktop models.  In fact both gamers and graphic designers/CAD workers should appreciate the power on offer: the HD 4870 X2 summons up 2.4 teraflops of graphics power, 1,600 stream processing units and 2GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory.

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ATI Radeon HD 4850 escapes early, gets benchmarked & impresses

ATI Radeon HD 4850 escapes early, gets benchmarked & impresses

One of AMD's upcoming ATI Radeon video cards using the RV770 GPU, first tipped in May, has slipped out early and delivered some details into the hands of HotHardware.  The ATI Radeon HD 4850 features 800 stream processors packed onto a 55nm GPU with a 625MHz clock speed.  As expected, there's 512MB of 993MHz GDDR3 RAM linked with a 256-bit memory bus.  Of course, when you're holding a pre-release card you don't just sit & grin at it; you slap it into a test system and benchmark it against some of NVIDIA's latest rivals.

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Gateway M-152XL 15.4-inch notebook: Unboxing & Review

Gateway M-152XL 15.4-inch notebook: Unboxing & Review

In a week when full-sized notebooks have wrenched back the focus from their budget ultraportable brethren, we've had Gateway's M-152XL on the SlashGear test bench. With a 15.4-inch widescreen display, Intel Core 2 Duo T8300 processor and separate ATI Mobility Radeon graphics, packed into a 6.2 pound chassis, Gateway's latest is really looking to take pride of place as a desktop replacement. It's a competitive niche in the sector, though, so is the M-152XL up to the task?

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ATI Radeon HD 4800-series leaks: June launch for next-gen graphics

ATI Radeon HD 4800-series leaks: June launch for next-gen graphics

AMD is set to replace a large percentage of its current video card range starting from next month, according to a recent leak, as the ATI Radeon HD 4800 series supersedes the existing 3800 series.  Key improvements will be the inclusion of AMD's GPGPU physics processing, hitherto limited to the high-end cards, and improved HD video decoding that takes the strain off the main CPU.  Certain models will also be able to route 7.1 surround sound via HDMI.

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New ATI Radeon cards leaked

New ATI Radeon cards leaked

So there is the Radeon HD 3450, 3470, and 3650 the loose specs of each were leaked out over the internet on Christmas. The cheapest, at about $50, is the 3450 featuring an RV620 core with 525MHz core and 256MB of memory and DisplayPort for HD video.

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Toshiba Dynabook satellite TXW/69DW

Toshiba Dynabook satellite TXW/69DW

So not to long ago we learned of ATI’s new 3800 series graphics cards, and already Toshiba is dropping a notebook with the mobile versions of those chips in it. Its Japan only, but still, that’s a pretty quick turn around time.

It’s a 15.4” Dynabook with the HD 3800 chip in it, the Intel PM 965 Express chipset, and a Core 2 Duo T7500 processor. Not a bad show for what I believe is the first notebook to feature the ATI Radeon HD 3800 chipset, I wonder how much video RAM it comes with and whether its GDDR3 or GDDR4.

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nVidia drops 8800M in GTS and GTX versions

nVidia drops 8800M in GTS and GTX versions

That means you can start expecting to see the new mobile graphics chips in your favorite high end laptop manufacturers product lines. They both work with DX9 and DX10 and include PowerMizer tech to keep power usage down when you aren’t gaming or watching HD content.

I had the pleasure of toying around with the Alienware laptop we got in the other day, and I must admit, I am impressed with how far mobile graphics has come. I mean, my last laptop had 64MB of shared graphics memory on a Radeon 9600 chipset, needless to say these chips, and those in the Alienware are a significant improvement.

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