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Sapphire HD4870 Toxic Review

Price: TBA


Have you been looking for the hottest video card out on the market? What about something that is going to significantly increase those benchmarking scores or give you those extra few FPS in your games at the highest of resolutions? Well you may be in luck with the Sapphire HD4870 Toxic. This card not only utilizes the most up to date core by ATI, it also is part of Sapphire's Toxic line, meaning it comes factory overclocked! That's right, you will gain a few extra MHz on both the core and the memory without having to do all of the hard work of testing for stability every few increases! Not only that, but the Toxic comes with a non reference cooler using heatpipes and Vapor X cooling. Higher clock speeds and improved cooling straight from the factory! I am very interested to see what this card looks like as well as how well it is going to be able to compare against some of the other cards that are currently out on the market, so let's take a look at the Sapphire HD4870 Toxic!


Closer Look:  

The packaging for the Sapphire HD4870 Toxic looks very simplistic and elegant with the Sapphire badge sitting in the upper left hand corner of the package. The right hand corner of the package is where you are going to find the Vapor-X badge letting you know that the cooling solution on the Sapphire HD4870 Toxic has vapor chamber technology incoperated in it. Underneath that, there is the "OC Overclocked" logo letting you know that you are getting the overclocked edition of the card, which will run faster and may have higher temperatures than usual. The bottom right hand corner is where you are going to find where Sapphire put the 512MB GDDR5 memory logo as well as the PCI-E 2.0 logo; the ATI badges along with the HDMI logo are on the bottom left hand corner. Right in the middle of the package is where the actual Sapphire HD4870 Toxic logo is located, right atop a large picture of a silver man that has quite a bit of shadowing and texturing detail to him. When you take a look at the back of the package, you are going to see the same man, but his whole body, right in the center of the package with the highlights of the card on the right side of the box and on the left there is a list of the main features. On one of the sides of the box you are going to find a list of all the system requirements for you to be able to fully use the Sapphire HD4870 Toxic card. The other side of the package is where you are going to find the bar-coding label letting you know the serial number and other shipping information.







When you open up the packaging, you are going to find a brown box that is not only holding everything in place but also adding protection to the card as well as all of the accessories that comes packaged with it. The card is wrapped in an anti-static bag and kept in place by some foam material that has been cut out to fit the card. At the bottom of the box is where all the accessories are; there is also a cut out for them.



There are quite a few different accessories that came with the Sapphire HD4870 Toxic edition, including  different five CDs, which are the Driver Installation, Ruby ROM, DVD Suite, PowerDVD, and 3DMark Vantage discs along with an installation manual, in case this is your first video card that you are going to be installing and you need a little help. There are also a few cables that came with the Sapphire HD4870 Toxic, the 6-pin PCI-E power cable to 4-pin Molex adapters, in case your power supply doesn't have the necessary number of PCI-E power cables. There are two dongles included as well, the DVI to HDMI and DVI to Analog, along with an S-Video adapter and the S-Video to RCA cable. In case you were wanting to run this Sapphire card in Crossfire, included is a Crossfire bridge as well.




Well now that we know how the Sapphire HD4870 Toxic is packaged and what comes with the card, it's time to take a nice close look at the card itself!

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Video Card)
  3. Configuration (Installation)
  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. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  16. Conclusion
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