By Vamien McKalin | May 16, 2013 10:48 AM EDT
Gaming on-the-go is about to become heated as AMD reveals its latest mobile Radeon 8900M graphic card for laptops. The GPU is the company's new flagship, and it is based on the Graphic Core Next architecture for desktop replacement gaming laptops.
The power of the Radeon 8900M is a massive jump over the previous 8800M, to be more precise; the new mobile GPU doubles the stream process to 1280, boost the clock speed from 725MHz to 850MHz and bumps up the memory speed slightly to 1.2GHz. What we have here is a chip that is 12 to 54 percent faster than NVIDIA's current flagship GPU, the Geforce GTX 680M. It's also able to command 4 times the general computing ability in OpenCL.
Make no mistake, the power the Radeon 8900M commands is more than enough to power 4K monitors, it is also capable of streaming content to up to 6 monitors if sufficient ports are available. It is always great to see AMD coming out with its big guns to keep NVIDIA on its toes. However, the question now is, how long will this reign last? Don't be surprised if in a few weeks from today, NVIDIA comes out and reveals a new mobile GPU that is able to overpower the Radeon 8900M. Yes, it is highly possible.
If you're excited and waiting to give this bad boy a spin, then you're in luck. MSI is offering a gaming laptop in the form of the MSI GX70 that is powered by the AMD Radeon 8900M and Windows 8, along with an AMD A10 processor. However, we expect many gamers to wait it out for a version with Intel i7 instead of going for this A10 madness.
The price of the MSI GX70 will set you back a cool $1100, but expect to pay considerably more whenever the Intel i7 version comes along.
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