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ASUS adds a positive twist to Radeon HD 4890: more voltage

by Tarinder Sandhu on 3 April 2009, 14:40

Tags: ASUS EAH4890/HTDI/1GD5, ASUSTeK (TPE:2357)

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The new Radeon HD 4890 GPU is sure to be taken up by all of ATI's partners, but the inherent problem for any consumer looking to purchase one in the first week of launch is how to differentiate competing manufacturers' cards on anything other than price and, maybe, bundle.

The initial batch of cards is practically all the same, save for a slight clock-bump here or there.

ASUS is going for something different with its Radeon HD 4890, it seems. Ostensibly the same card as everyone else's, the graphics' giant is adding a 'Voltage Tweak' feature, seen before, which lets you increase VCore from the standard ~1.3V to around 1.45V, for better overclocking, the company claims.


The Voltage Tweak Edition will ship with both XT and OC speeds of 850MHz/3,900MHz and 900MHz/4,000MHz, respectively, but should go farther when over-volted via the supplied ASUS SmartDoctor software. Here's hoping for a 1GHz+ core.

Pricing, too, seems competitive, with the regular card available now for £211, including VAT and delivery. It's our favourite Radeon HD 4890 thus far, but we wait for the MATRIX edition with bated breath.


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The article mentions that we've seen this before - anyone know where? Interesting concept though - I guess most people replace their GPUs fairly often so compromising the lifespan for a bit of extra O/C headroom arguably makes sense :juggle: Good price too... :)
Very interesting, card which allows you to adjust voltages without affecting warranty. They could make some serious sales with this.
CK_1985
The article mentions that we've seen this before - anyone know where? Interesting concept though - I guess most people replace their GPUs fairly often so compromising the lifespan for a bit of extra O/C headroom arguably makes sense :juggle: Good price too... :)


Hi,

ASUS already does it with the MATRIX line of graphics cards. Take a looksie:

http://uk.asus.com/news_show.aspx?id=14924 [uk.asus.com] :)