MSI R4670 512MB ReviewTheScavenger - December 9, 2008
Category: Video Cards
When a new generation of video cards are introduced the biggest, baddest cards are the first to be released. What follows later are the lower end, less expensive cards. For example, ATIs RV770 based cards were released in June while the RV730 based cards, like the 4670, were released in the fall. These "lower end" cards create massive revenue for companies like ATI and nVidia especially when they are chosen to be used in systems by major manufacturers.
Moving on, the HD 4670 finds its place right underneath the HD 4830 in an already competitive video card market. At first glance the 4670s specifications may seem very similar to the more expensive 4850 and 4830 cards. What makes the card cheaper than its bigger brothers are a narrow memory interface and a reduced shader count. Specifically, the 4670 has a 128-bit memory interface and 320 shaders while the 4830 has a 256-bit memory interface and 640 shaders. Looking from an economic standpoint the HD 4670 is in direct competition with nVidias 9600GT and ATI's previous generation HD 3850. Will these two major design differences leave the 4670 with enough performance to battle its competitors? Let's find out.
The packaging for the 4670 is just slightly larger than the overall size of the video card. The front of the packaging lists the basic technical specifications of the video card. Flip the box over and you'll see an expanded list of features and the minimum system requirements.
After opening the box we get our first view of MSI's 2670. The card is secured in an anti-static, bubble wrapped bag and placed inside a cardboard support. The documentation and driver CD can be found underneath the video card.
The only hardware accessory packaged with the 4670 is an HDMI-to-DVI adapter. Also included with the card are two detailed user guides and a drivers CD.
Now that we have an understanding of the 4670s basics let's move on.