AMD Admits Limited OpenCL Performance on Radeon HD 4000 Series

Friday, December 25, 2009

It is known that, despite the recent releases of several lines in the family of graphics cards ATI Radeon HD 5000 cards of the previous generation Radeon HD 4000 continues to maintain popularity with the mass consumer. Not least, this is due to falling prices of video card series Radeon HD 4000 and the fact that their capacity is often more than enough for the average user.

Among the few shortcomings graphics card series Radeon HD 4000, experts point out the limited capacity in the application of technology OpenCL. Recall, for this technology implies a framework for writing programs related to the implementation of parallel computing using the capabilities of the GPU and CPU.

In this case the company itself AMD, recognizing the limited capacity of technology OpenCL when working with video cards Radeon HD 4000, both stressed that these accelerators were not designed to realize the function of parallel computing. According to the AMD Vilmou Micah (Micah Villmow), in contrast to the new accelerators, ATI Radeon HD 5000 cards the previous generation is not designed to work with technology OpenCL.

According to the representative of AMD, at present the company has no plans to concentrate on improving the performance of video cards Radeon HD 4000 series. But enough with the high rates of parallel computation due to the absence of these adapters, software and hardware support for such technology.