ATI Radeon HD 4890 GPU

AMD has announced a new graphics card under its wing in the ATI Radeon HD 4890 GPU. This new video card joins the rank of the Dragon series which boasts of 1.35 TeraFLOPS of power. This GPU can be clocked up to almost 1GHz and it has support for DirectX 10.1 titles such as Stormrise from SEGA, Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. from Ubisoft and BattleForge from Electronic Arts. What’s great is this graphics card can handle super high resolutions, intense gaming graphics and can be combined with up to three other ATI Radeon HD 4890 cards by using the ATI CrossFireX tech.

The demand for higher capable graphics card is obvious in the market today and AMD aims to cater to these requirements. Whether the intent is for gaming or for graphical designing, the point here is that the higher capacity graphic cards are needed to boost the graphic rendering to produce the needed visualization and pixilation required by users today.

Other features include ATI Stream technology, Unified Video Decoder 2.0, HDMI support, 7.1 surround sound and more. Eventually this card will be included in PCs from Diamond Multimedia, MSI, ASUS and others, though you can buy it outright right now for $250.


AMD Ready to Launch Pisces Desktop Platform

AMD is set to have something great for entry-level computer buyers with the launch of their Pisces platform from Taiwan. Pisces is said to incorporate AMD’s Athlon II processors ; Propus, Rana and Regor – and a new 55nm-based 780G+ IGP chipset, together with the ATI Radeon HD 4200 GPU.

That 780G+ chipset is set to go into design validation this month, according to the sources. Motherboards using the design will then be showcased at Computex Taipei 2009 in June; AMD has only committed to launching Pisces in the second-half of 2009, as part of the AMD Live! range. While Pisces is an entry-level solution, it’s nonetheless expected to support above-1080p resolutions, 7.1-channel surround sound and 3D visuals.

Considering the vast array of desktop options that techies are looking for in the market today, this new AMD technology is a great desktop alternate for the usual Intel processors that everyone prefers. For sure though, price will vary and chances are this is a great desktop that start-up technology investing people should really consider getting especially during the hard times we are in right now.

While the launch is leaving everyone clueless on when to make further reviews and decisions, once this platform hits the market, expect a fair share of demands for it. AMD has proven it can stand in line with Intel based processors and apparently this is one desktop platform people will be looking out for.


Mobility Radeon 4870 X2 Graphics Chip

It looks like laptops are expanding their use and it has become a preference even for people who want a laptop mainly for gaming. And though laptop manufacturers would want these mobile gadgets mainly for business use, it is one demand aspect that is certainly hard to pass up.

So the solution here is to really try and gear up the internal peripherals from the motherboard, memory and video card requirements to adhere to the demand of mobile gaming geeks. And it looks like the long rumored release of the Mobility Radeon 4870 X2 is why such has been announced.

Initially shown at this year’s CES as part of the performance powerhouse Asus W90 notebook, the Mobility Radeon 4870 X2 should become AMD’s top performing part in the mobile world, most likely surpassing Nvidia’s current mobile performance king, the GeForce 9800M GTX SLI.

This new Radeon notebook friendly graphics chip ships features core and memory clocks of 600 and 900MHz, respectively, with 1GB of graphics memory available to its disposal.

The Asus W90Vp notebook just became available today on newegg, confirming earlier rumors of this GPU release. For $2200, Asus packs a Core 2 Duo T9600 processor, a huge 18.4″ Wide UXGA screen, 6GB of memory and a single 320GB hard drive. A DVD superdrive and multiple connectivity options become obvious additions in this large, 11+ lbs. heavy chassis.


Have the AMD Chips Become Reliable?

Dating back to the years when AMD hit the market to serve an alternative processor for people who are wary of high-priced Intel or Celeron processors, it has really been surprising how this alternative processor is making waves in the market today. In fact, I remember one of the key problems that it was overheating, making it advisable to have auxiliary fans to go when you buy a CPU.

Years after this issue was announced, rumor has it that these problems were resolved. In fact, a user no longer needs the traditional auxiliary fans to make sure that proper ventilation will be around and to ensure that no chips will be fried. You can just imagine the problem it had then upon first boot. The chip is practically so hot you might even get a burn from trying to touch it. Then again, if you are not the seasoned PC technician, I don’t think you would dare touch it!

Today, aside from the much ballyhooed eco-friendly chips that they are tagging along to make it marketable, I still have my reservations as far as reliability is concerned. The ability of the AMD chip to provide the necessary support that normal computer processes would normally require.

But so far, the feedback on the demand for it is at a standstill. There is no telling if AMD technology has indeed grown beyond the overheating era. Surely there has been improvement but it may go as far as checking out your heat sink to see if there has been improvements to this line of processors.

The Fruits of Computers to Daily Activities

Computers have undoubtedly made life easier for people today. One thing you will notice is that they have simplified and made things faster especially for business establishments who want a faster way of processing transactions and keeping track of reports when needed.

In the olden days, reports normally took weeks to months to prepare. Computers were there but the manual input using software such as Microsoft Excel only helped a tad bit. But today, thanks to modern programming, inputs and proper collection of data stored in databases have made life entirely easier. With one click, you can get your daily sales reports or even browse through transaction records without having to worry about inconsistency.

As far as hardware requirements are concerned, you will be surprised the even the Pentium I can be a good workstation to use. Normally, software programs are based on data transfer and the modules that they use do not require quite high specs.

But the reality today is that you can no longer buy these ancient Pentium I computers as we often see today the dawn of dual processors. As an alternative, you can always look at the AMD or Celeron processors which are a lot cheaper than the traditional dual core Pentium processors in the market. While many are apprehensive regarding their durability, all other components such as the memory modules and video cards will most certainly be minor since they can operate on either processor chosen by the end-use.