Sapphire HD 4670 Reviewccokeman , gotdamojo06 - January 21, 2009
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When you get the Sapphire HD4670 pulled out of the package, you are able to take the first look at the card itself, which happens to be quite a bit smaller than some of the other cards that are out on the market. It is very similar in size to the old AGP style Radeon 9200s. The PCB of the card is colored blue, which gives it a bright and brilliant look to it, adding some style to your build. There is a heatsink/fan setup that is located over the GPU as well as all of the RAM modules located on the actual card. The back of the card is where you are going to find the screws that are needed to come out to reveal the GPU as well as the RAM modules that are located on the top of the card.
When you remove the small heatsink/fan from the HD4670, you are going to notice that the GPU has been smothered in thermal paste, to help allow the heatsink/fan to cool the GPU as well and efficiently as it possibly can. You are also able to notice that there are four RAM sinks located on the card to make up the totoal 512MB of GDDR3 RAM. The RAM modules are manufactured by Hynix Semiconductor Manufacturing.
The Sapphire HD4670 video card is packed with the main features of its more sophicticated brothers. It is CrossfireX capable, while taking advantage of the PCI-E slots that are located on most newer motherbaords to allow for faster data transfer. With the card's lower amount of memory and the lower specifications, it does not require a lot of juice to power the card, which is why Sapphire has not added a PCI-E power adapter to the card. The front of the card has not only the two DVI outputs, it also has an S-Video out put to allow you to connect your PC to your HDTV, making this card perfect for an HTPC setup.
The cooling solution Sapphire decided to use for this cooler is very simple. It is a large block that covers not only the GPU, but it also covers the RAM chips on the top of the card. The top of the cooler has a nice picture of the same lady from the packaging, with a nice sized fan off to the right side of the card to bring in fresh air to help cool the cards components. The back of the cooler is very simplistic.
Now that we know what the card looks like, it's time to get the software installed so we can begin to use it!