Ati Radeon HD 5890 - Rumors about possible HD 5800 update
Radeon HD 5890 - that's what a Speed Grade of the popular but still rare HD 5870 might be called. According to the latest rumors AMD could be planning such a card - possibly to spoil the Fermi launch.
Although AMD's Ati Radeon HD 5870 is still the fastest single GPU graphics card the manufacturer is said to be working on a faster model already: the Radeon HD 5890. With this device AMD probably doesn't only want to show the actual capabilities of the chip, but also wants to spoil Nvidia's plans for the launch of the Fermi Geforce graphics cards which is rumored to come in January.
The last time AMD also introduced a chip revision and the HD 4890 was running at noticeably higher frequencies and even cracked the 1 GHz limit in overclocked versions. Observant PC Games Hardware readers know from the launch review of the HD 5870 that the board is already prepared for a bigger power supply - the default layout has two free braze points that could be used to upgrade one of the 6-pin power connectors to an 8-pin version. In addition the HD 5870 models seem to have big overclocking capabilities and reach between 900 and 950 MHz on average. 1.38 GHz on liquid nitrogen are quite impressive, too, even when the card used for this record died when the overclocker tried to force it to 1.4 GHz.
The whole speculations about the possible HD 5000 Speed Grade had been started by a report on the Turkish website donamimhaber.com.
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