Palit Revolution R700 Deluxe HD4870X2 Reviewccokeman - December 8, 2008
Category: Video Cards
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Something big this way comes. What is it? The Palit R700 Revolution HD4870x2. Palit has been a manufacturer that has come up with creative solutions to resolve the problems associated with a reference based video card. The Sonic models are Palit built and designed cards that offer excellent cooling solutions as well as better power management to create a product that outperforms the base models on all accounts. The R700 Revolution is a special card when you take the time to look at it. Specification wise, it does not differ much from the reference cards, 750MHz core clock speed but they do give a bump on the GDDR5 memory to 950MHz. So what makes the R700 Revolution so special? It can't be just a bump in the memory speed! No Johnny, it's not just that. What's special is the cooling system used on the R700. It's big, no, it's massive! Taking up three expansion slots, the R700 needs to offer up some exceptional cooling as well as the ability to use that cooling capacity to increase the clock speeds for that something extra. Let's see if the R700, with its unique attributes, allows it to perform as well as it looks.
By now you are pretty familiar with the Palit designed packaging. The front panel prominently features the Frobot with a menacing scowl. The "Give Me 5 or Nothing" is a reference to the 2GB of GDDR5 memory used on the Revolution 700. The Deluxe tab on the bottom right side of the box lets you know some of the features of the card that include native HDMI, Dual link DVI, Display Port and that the R700 is PCI Express 2.0 compliant. Not to mention, this card is Crossfire X ready. The rear panel illustrates some of the technical specifications in multiple languages and lists the required system specifications, one that catches the eye is the 650 watt power supply requirement. The side panel usually has a picture of the Frobot and this package is no different.
In the past Palit has shipped its products in a cardboard box inside of the main package with blocking to hold the box containing the video card in one spot. Not really the best way to go due to the weight and cost of the high end cards on the market today, the R700 included. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Palit has joined the rest of the video card manufacturers and has shipped the R700 in a form fitted foam enclosure to eliminate any chance of damage from just the usual jostling around in transit. The bundle supplied with the card is pretty much bare bones. An instruction manual, HDMI to DVI adapter, driver disc and 6-pin to 8-pin power adapter. Not much, but it is a way to keep costs down.
I know what you are thinking, an HDMI to DVI adapter is included! Yes, it is, it's not a typo or my dyslexia showing itself. The unique display configuration that this card has means that there is only one DVI port. So to get the second DVI port you will need the adapter to make it happen. The 6-pin to 8-pin adapter will allow you to power the R700 even if you do not have a power supply with an 8-pin PCI-E power plug.
The thought of a three slot cooling solution and the performance potential it could unleash has me wanting to see more of the R700 Revolution from Palit!