Riding the wave of success they’ve been given for their HD4870 and HD4850 graphics cards, ATI eased up on the consumer and released a couple of lower-tier cards. The HD4670 and HD4650 are designed to compete directly on the level of cards such as NVIDIA’s 9600. Early tests would appear to show that it holds its own for the price, with performance coming in above the 9600 GSO but below the 9600 GT.
The 4670 is listed as drawing 60 Watts, while the 4650 sucks in 50 Watts. While ATI claims to be looking at reducing the power consumption of their cards, the flagship 4800 series cards draw quite a bit more. It’s nice to see a couple of sub-$80 cards turn up to further the option system builders have for “cheap” computers. In addition, the new 4600-series cards make attractive options for affordable HTPC builds that still do some gaming, as HotHardware looks to have pulled down almost 30fps in Crysis with the 4670. That sets a dangerous precedent for what is essentially the whole budget card market.
If nothing else, it’s nice to see that people have options now on both sides of the aisle (ATI or NVIDIA) when it comes to affordable graphics options. More graphics capability for less money can hardly be called a bad thing.
AMD press release
HotHardware looks at the ATI HD4670