AMD Relies on Strength in Numbers, Combines Chips to Beat Nvidia

by admin August 13, 2008 at 6:10 pm

In a not-so-mind-blowing move, AMD is shrinking two of its current graphic chips and coupling them together to beat its competitor Nvidia in winning the hearts of hardcore gamers.

Nvidia’s GTX 280, its fastest graphics board, currently outperforms AMD’s ATI Radeon HD 4870. But by combining two 4870 graphics processing units (GPU) onto one board, AMD says the ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 graphics board will equal or exceed the performance of the GTX 280.

As simple as the concept sounds, it’s been a difficult task. In the past, companies that coupled GPUs were only able to achieve 1.5 times better performance.

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