It's been nearly 15 months since AMD released the value-oriented Radeon HD 4000-series graphics cards. Supporting the same DX10.1 feature-set as the previous-generation 3000-series cards, the Radeon HD 4850 and HD 4870 represented a significant clean-up of the architecture, bringing greater shading power and, consequently, speed to the fore.
Fleshing out the range with the dual-GPU Radeon HD 4870 X2 in August 2008, ostensibly two HD 4870 GPUs positioned on one board, AMD's fought with NVIDIA's GeForce GTX line of cards for mid-range and high-end supremacy. Released in January 2009, the also-dual-GPU GeForce GTX 295 still carries the mantle of fastest consumer graphics card in the world. Now transitioned on to a single PCB, it yours for 'just' £330.