Techpowerup spotted the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4870 X2 will be available next week in the ASUS W90 notebook. The exact date is February 23, the Mobility Radeon HD 4670 will be available around the same time while the Mobility Radeon HD 4850 will arrive a week or two later. The dual-GPU Mobility Radeon HD 4870 X2 will be the fastest mobile graphics you can get:
XtremeSystems forum member Kinc posted some early performance numbers relating to the Mobility HD 4870 X2, featured on the ASUS W90 with an Intel Core 2 Quad T9400, which effortlessly overclocked to 4 GHz on the notebook's stock cooling system. The Mobility HD 4870 X2 carried clock speeds of 600/900 MHz (core/memory). The notebook used Intel's X38 core-logic. At the said parameters, it was put through 3DMark 06. The notebook secured a score of 20,284 3DMarks at default setting. When released, the Mobility Radeon HD 4870 X2 will replace NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTX SLI as the fastest mGPU solution, replicating the feat of its desktop cousin.
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Re: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4870 X2 arrives next week by Anonymous on Thursday, February 19 2009 @ 13:38:42 CET
Completely obliterates Nvidia's high end mobile gpu lineup. 40nm (at first) won't save Nvidia either, as they are simply going to shrink the 9xxx series. This means they'll be using a nearly 2 year old GPU @ 40nm as their high end chip.
Later in the year Nvidia will come out with a 2xx series mobile, but it may well be very late in the year given their current financial and technical hurdles.
If ATI/AMD can get mobile drivers going well, then they'll have free reign of the high end mobile market for as much as a year.
It should be mentioned that Nvidia has still the HUGE problem with durability in it's chips, that was still confirmed as a problem by the fact that I've lost two 7 series mobile GPU's inside of 2 months (warrantied). So Nvidia has drivers but do you trust the chips to last?