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Sapphire HD 4870 1GB Toxic Review

Price: $250+


With the introduction of the HD 4800 series, manufacturers have been taking a twist and adding features to make them stand out among the crowd. Sapphire has been known for taking its video cards to the next level. One series that Sapphire created is Toxic. The Toxic Series allows for high overclocks and faster stock speeds using new technology cooling. Couple this excellent cooling solution with a fast card like the HD 4870 and you have a winner with the Sapphire HD 4870 Toxic Edition. Sapphire has taken this card and overclocked it out of the box so you are sure to win some late night gaming frag fests without having to do anything else with it. Also, since it has better cooling, you don't have to worry about it overheating like some of the first HD 4870's did when they hit the market.

The Saphire HD 4870 Toxic sports a GPU clock speed of 780MHz and a memory clock speed of 1000MHz. This card also has a total 1GB of memory instead of the 512MB that the standard HD 4870 cards come with. If that doesn't have your eyes open I don't know what will. The Vapor-X is actually a vapor chamber that transfers heat away from the GPU. We will go more indepth later in the review, so keep your eyes open.


Closer Look:

When the Sapphire HD 4870 Toxic arrived the box got my mouth watering. The front of the box highlights features with logos, including being overclocked and having the Vapor-X cooling solution. On the back of the box, Sapphire highlights more of the features and highights. Sapphire also includes a wealth of software and utilities with its card, so on the front are some of the sneak peaks of what you can expect with your card when you purchase it.



Opening the box lets you get down to the nitty gritty. The video card is well protected by a thick layer of foam and anti-static wrapping. The box is made of sturdy cardboard, which keeps the contents safe during travel and shipping. Once you get the HD 4870 Toxic out of the box you can see how well it was taken care of to make sure that there is no damage to your prized possession.



Under the card are the accessories and CD's for you to run the video card. Included with the Sapphire HD 4870 Toxic are the driver and software CD's, the manual, a CrossFire bridge, two 4-pin to PCI Express power adapters, an S-video adapter, a component video adapter, a DVI to VGA adapter, and a DVI to HDMI adapter.





 Now that everything is unpacked, let's move on to taking a better look at the card itself.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: The Video Card
  3. Closer Look: Drivers and programs
  4. Closer Look: Catalyst Control Center
  5. Specifications & Features
  6. Testing (Setup & Overclocking)
  7. Testing: Far Cry 2
  8. Testing: Crysis-Warhead
  9. Testing: BioShock
  10. Testing: Call of Duty World at War
  11. Testing: Dead Space
  12. Testing: Fallout 3
  13. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  14. Testing: 3DMark06 Professional
  15. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  16. Conclusion
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