NVIDIA exclusive partner, Gainward, preps new cards sporting the latest ATI GPUs. This may help confirm earlier reports/rumors coming in that NVIDIA may be having yield problems with their new GPUs (GTX 260/280).
|Palit-owned Gainward has decided that monogamy isn't all that great and a little ménage à trois would be a lot nicer and more profitable. As a result, the company has now announced that it will be adding a couple of RV770 cards to its product line-up. Leaving Nvidia exclusivity to rot in the desert, Gainward revealed its own Radeon HD 4850 and 4870 cards, both of which you can see below.
All red and lovely, the cards are based on AMD/ATI's reference design and thus feature stock cooling system and clocks. The Radeon HD 4850 has 512MB of GDDR3 memory set to 1986 MHz, 800 Stream Processors and a GPU clocked at 625 MHz while the HD 4870 can say it's equipped with 3600 MHz-clocked 512MB of GDDR5 memory and a GPU with a frequency of 750 MHz.
Both new cards feature PC-Express 2.0, DirectX 10.1 support and the ability to make Nvidia fanboys cry (BEd: Not tears, I've got something in my eye).
|Graphics card vendor Gainward, previously an exclusive AIB partner of Nvidia, has begun working with AMD and will launch ATI Radeon HD GPU-based products soon, according to market sources.
Initially Gainward plans to launch Radeon HD 4850 and 4870-series products, and will follow HD 3800-series cards later, the sources said.
Gainward's decision to launch ATI Radeon HD products indicates that the market for AMD graphics chips is good and more traditionally Nvidia only vendors may follow suit, market watchers commented. Whether Nvidia decides to try and woo partners back with reduced pricing or other incentives bears further observation, the watchers noted.