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PowerColor HD4870 Review

Price: $399


If you recently read our review of the PowerColor HD 4850, then like me you are anxious to find out about the next level card based on the RV770 core, the HD 4870. The HD 4870 takes the memory from the previous standard of GDDR3 to the new GDDR5 which, even with lower memory clock speeds, boasts a higher memory bandwidth over GDDR3, all with a 256-bit memory bus versus the 512-bit that the new NVIDIA GTX series cards are using. The one thing that I am concerned with in the HD 4870 card is whether the overheating issue that is plaguing the early HD 4800 series cards has been fixed with the Dual Slot style cooler. Also, this is an opportunity for ATI to give NVIDIA a run for its money by competing with its new line of GTX cards. Will they be able to make the comeback all have been expecting?

PowerColor has had much success in its line of ATI graphics cards and is no stranger to pumping out good models, as we saw with the release of its HD 4850 card. The HD supports ATI's CrossfireX multi-GPU technology allowing up to four GPUs to be linked together for the ultimate scalability. Paired with the right board, these could be the revolution that gamers need to run their games at high resolutions with maximum settings for the most realistic gameplay ever. Without any further waste of time, let's get down and dirty with PowerColor's new HD 4870 video card.


Closer Look:

The PowerColor HD 4870 has just about the same packaging as the HD 4850. The difference you can see right off the bat is the memory specification of the HD 4870. The back of the packaging has a list of the specifications and features that the PowerColor HD 4870 offers. If you look over to the left side of the box, PowerColor has listed the power and system requirements for the HD 4870 card.



When you open the packaging, you will find an inner box that houses the card and accessories. When you open it, the card will be sitting on the top layer protected while in transit or being stored. In the bottom layer you will find the accessories that are included with the PowerColor HD 4870 video card. Included with the HD 4870 card is a quick-start manual, driver cd, a component-out dongle, an S-Video adapter, a DVI to VGA adapter, a DVI to HDMI adapter, and a CrossFire Bridge.




Now that everything has been laid out, let's take a better look at the card itself.


  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Video Card)
  3. Configuration (Drivers and Programs)
  4. Configuration (Catalyst Control Center)
  5. Specifications & Features
  6. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  7. Testing: Crysis
  8. Testing: Knights of the Sea
  9. Testing: Bioshock
  10. Testing: Call of Duty 4
  11. Testing: World In Conflict
  12. Testing: Call of Juarez
  13. Testing: Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
  14. Testing: 3DMark06
  15. Conclusion
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