legitreviews.com: The ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 graphics card looks like it is going to be a great graphics card and it performed better than we expected for this preview. Once AMD gets the drivers perfected, enables PowerPlay in the BIOS and does some other minor changes this card will hit the street and be the fastest card available for less money than a GeForce GTX 280 graphics card...
hothardware.com: The Radeon HD 4800 series didn't exactly overwhelm NVIDIA's GTX 200 series with raw performance. In fact, the GeForce GTX 280 and 9800 GX2 were more powerful than the Radeon HD 4870. The Radeon HD 4800 series cards, however, were still excellent cards and they were offered at extremely competitive prices, which put significant pressure on NVIDA. At the time of their launch, the Radeon HD 4850 and Radeon HD 4870 were both less expensive and more powerful than the GeForce 9800 GTX and GeForce GTX 260, respectively.
gamepyre.com: The 4870 from MSI performs better than the ATI reference card across the board, mainly due to the improved clock speed over the original. The card is available online for a retail price of $299.99 making it a decent buy. The card plays games extremely well and the slight overclock makes it a good buy versus the reference model. The ATI HD 4870 1GB is a decent competitor to the GeForce GTX260 card with some games playing better on one or the other. Video cards of this generation have never had as much performance for the price or the features for the price that the HD 4870 and GeForce GTX 260 have.
benchmarkreviews.com: When it comes to ATI products Sapphire has always offered the most influential graphics cards available, and the new Radeon HD 4870 is no different. For the first time in this industry, we have a fully-functional product equipped with 900 MHz GDDR5 video frame buffer. The Sapphire 100243L model offers 24x custom filter anti-aliasing (CFAA) on its 750 MHz 800-core RV770 GPU. Benchmark Reviews tests the Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 graphics card against the closest competition, and even compare CrossFireX performance in this performance review.
tweaktown.com: Its hard to turn around and say that the HD 4870 X2 is one of the most anticipated cards of recent times, due to the plain fact that there have been so many cards released over the last three months. While some had thought that the new HD 4870 would become the fastest single card solution on the market, the price AMD launched the card at gave indication that the chances were going to be pretty slim. Fast forward a few months and weve got a new card that sits at around the same price of the GTX 280.
gamepyre.com: Palit's card isn't available online as of yet, but as ATI's card just launched this past Tuesday, it should hit retail stores at a price of $549. At this price point it is the highest priced card for gaming enthusiasts but you get the performance of two HD4870s on a single card, making it the fastest single card on the market. When NVIDIA launched their GeForce GTX 280 card it was the fastest, but it wasn't so fast that two of the competition chips couldn't beat it. This has caused NVIDIA to drastically lower the prices of their GTX280 and GTX260 cards to reflect the performance and price you would expect.
bit-tech.net: Despite delivering both excellent thermal and gameplay performance on the whole, we cant help but feel that the Gainward HD 4870 1024MB Golden Sample is a little bit of a letdown, especially considering the ??30 price premium it carries over the stock HD 4870 1GB. For that extra fifteen percent of investment the in game frame rate returns are generally around the two to three percent mark thanks to the very conservative core overclock, which is pretty disappointing. In those games that are able to utilise the more aggressive memory overclock, like Call of Duty 4 and Call of Duty: World at War, you will see a reasonable performance increase of close to ten percent, but sadly such applications are fairly limited, and thus so is the performance advantage offered by this card. Making the situation even more complicated is the recent announcement by Nvidia that the 216 core version of the GeForce GTX 260 has received a hefty price drop to just around ??210 and firmly into the territory of the HD 4870 1GB.
hothardware.com: We're writing to let you all know that we have just posted a new article at HotHardware in which we evaluate the Diamond Radeon HD 4870 X2 XOC. As you already know, the Radeon HD 4870 X2 employs two RV770 GPUs, each of which is complemented by 1GB of GDDR5 memory (for a total of 2GB frame buffer memory). The reference GPU clock speed for the 4870 X2 is 750 MHz, and the reference memory speed is 900 MHz. Diamond, however, boosted the XOC's clocks to 800 MHz and 950 MHz, respectively, making this one of the fastest 4870 X2 cards on the market.
tweaktown.com: Given the level of excitement the HD 4850 left, not only with us, but also gamers and enthusiasts all over the world, the HD 4870 quickly became extremely anticipated by people. Will it beat the GTX 260? - How much faster than the HD 4850 is it? - Can it out-perform the GTX 280? - How does Crossfire scale? These are all questions that we want answered, and today we intend to have answers for all of them. On paper the HD 4870 looks to be the right card for a lot of people. On the internet, looking at early prices it also seems to be the right one.
techreport.com: You can almost hear the fanboys vibrating with excitement over the Radeon HD 4800 series. The buzz has been building for weeks. For the first time in quite a while, AMD would seem to have an unequivocal winner on its hands. Read on for our in-depth take on this impressive new GPU.
tweaktown.com: The HD 4870 has been quite the performer from the word go, but its in our blood that we have the need for even more power. This is where overclocking comes into play and today Palit has placed the HD 4870 under their Sonic naming scheme, which means we get a nice little out of the box overclock. Palit hasnt just bumped the clock speeds up, though, theyve also decided to change it by removing the boring reference cooler that weve been seeing for so long and adding their own design.
hothardware.com: Like most other HD 4870s on store shelves, the EAH4870 TOP sports 512MB of GDDR5 memory and a 256-bit memory bus. Additionally, the card features support for DirectX 10.1, Shader Model 4.1, and CrossFireX multi-GPU technology. What differentiates the EAH4870 TOP from most other 4870s is its factory overclock: the core clock pushes pixels at 815 MHz (ATI's reference spec is 750 MHz) while the memory is set to 925 MHz (ATI reference is 900 MHz). Come on by the site and check it out...
benchmarkreviews.com: Palit is not known for launching cutting-edge products ahead of the competition, as they can be described as the tortoise in a race against the hare. What Palit does do well is deliver a refined (read: not rushed) product to store shelves. The Palit Revolution 700 Deluxe is one such example, which offers the Radeon HD 4870 X2 with 2048 MB of GDDR5 video frame buffer and is cooled by a proprietary triple-slot thermal solution. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the AE5487XSF0545-PM9348 SKU against many of the latest high-performance graphics products available to the retail market.
bit-tech.net: We find the Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 Atomic in something of an odd position. It is unquestionably the fastest single consumer graphics card currently available to buy our benchmarks prove this unequivocally. Its watercooling loop is also able to keep the GPU remarkably cool, significantly more so than a stock card and much quieter in doing so as well. The problem lies in not only the price, which borders on the ridiculous, but the knock on effects of putting such a high thermal output card into such a relatively small watercooling loop.
tweaktown.com: Monthly driver updates from ATI still make the HD 4800 series of cards an attractive offering and today we'll look at what HIS has done with the top single GPU card from ATI. With a fancy cooler, some mean clocks and a decent looking bundle, the lengthy named HIS HD 4870 IceQ4+ TURBO could well be a card worth keeping an eye out for. Today we'll see how the HIS HD 4870 IceQ4+ TURBO goes against its little brother, the HD 4850 and against the NVIDIA 9800 GTX+. While both cards are cheaper than the HIS offering, we want to see if it's worth spending the extra $20 - $30 buying the HD 4870 over the 9800 GTX+.
bit-tech.net: Up until this morning though, we'd have agreed with that because the Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 1GB was selling for over ??220 - it's hard to justify what amounts to a five percent performance improvement and a fancy cooler when the reference one isn't exactly disappointing. But with the price being realigned to just under ??195, we think it's worth taking the punt if you've decided that the Radeon HD 4870 1GB is the right choice for you. What makes the choice difficult is that the Radeon HD 4870 1GB and GeForce GTX 260-216 are incredibly well matched not only on price, but also on performance across the board.
techgage.com: Believe it or not, despite the HD 4890's launch last month, the HD 4870 is still totally relevant, thanks to ATI's current pricing structure. There's a card for every budget, and if you're willing to spend around $180, you can get hooked up with a 1GB version of the card we're taking a look at today. It's silent, keeps cool, and still delivers great performance for the money.
dragonsteelmods.com: Today for review I've got the Diamond ATI Radeon 4870 1gig video card. As you can see be the name it features 1 gig of ram, so I figured why not make this more of a comparison review as in how much performance do you gain when going from 512mb to 1gig of ram. So I put my Sapphire 4870 512mb card up against the Diamond, both are running the same core and memory speeds, so they're pretty much the same cards except for the on board ram they have. So read one to find out if it's worth it to grab the 1gig over the 512mb version card...