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AMD unveils fastest graphics card in the world

ATI Radeon HD4870 X2 packs two GPUs and 2GB memory to provide 2.4 teraflops of graphics processing power

AMD has unveiled what it says is the fastest graphics card in the world, the ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2.

The card packs two ATI Radeon HD 4800 series GPUs, with 2.4 teraflops of processing power and 2GB of memory, the most memory in a commercial consumer card, in a single card.

The two GPUs are based on second generation 55nm technology, clocked at 750 MHz, with a combined 1600 stream processors. The card also includes support for DirectX 10.1, and for ATI CrossFireX, meaning that it can be configured to run with a second card, bringing four dedicated graphics processors to games and graphics applications.

Rick Bergman, senior vice president and general manager, Graphics Products Group, AMD said: “The ATI Radeon HD 4800 X2 series is proof that our graphics strategy is working. The response from OEMs, system integrators, game developers, press, and most importantly, from gamers regarding the ATI Radeon HD 4800 series products has been incredibly positive.

“The ATI Radeon HD 4800 X2 series continues AMD technology leadership with support for DirectX 10.1, tessellation, and now 2GB of frame buffer. The new products join a line-up of stellar offerings, all of which are designed to give gamers experiences that approach eye-definition computing,” Bergman added.

The HD 4870 X2 has a recommended retail price of $549.