Friday, July 3rd 2009

Sapphire HD 4890 Vapor-X Gets 2 GB Variant

Major ATI partner Sapphire is releasing a variant of the HD 4890 Vapor-X accelerator, with double the amount of memory: 2 GB. Being a variant, it retains the rest of the feature-set, with a blue non-reference PCB, Sapphire Vapor-X GPU cooler, and separate heatsinks over the VRM and memory areas. The card comes with clock speeds of 870/4200 MHz (core/memory), and provides output from DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort connectors. It is expected to retail in Europe for as low as 226 EUR.

Source: TechConnect Magazine
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20 Comments on Sapphire HD 4890 Vapor-X Gets 2 GB Variant

#1
Sasqui
The question begs: is 2 GB overkill? How often does 1 GB not suffice, and data paged out to system memory?

It's been shown that 512 GB can be filled up at higher resolutions and AA/AF settings, causing paging and lags.
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#2
ZoneDymo
Arma 2, GTA4, and maybe Crysis will love the extra ram.
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#3
Steevo
OMG, do want.



Can they make this with better voltage control? If they can I will have one.
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#4
eidairaman1
Dude who cares about the amt of ram it has, people will still buy it. I have the X1950 Pro AGP 512 and everyone complained about it having too much ram and look at how games are now. 512MB ram is the minimum now, that is what gave my card leverage. Ive noticed my spending pattern, and I wind up getting cards with Quadruple the amt of ram than the previous card, i have a 512 which is quad of 128, now im going 2GB, next it will probably be 8GB, Frame buffer does help with later games.
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#5
Jizzler
Very nice. Only thing I would have like is to have the DSUB dropped, allowing for more out-the-back venting.
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#6
InnocentCriminal
Resident Grammar Amender
Hmmm... 2GB - lovely. I'd like to see how this performs. Won't hold my breathe though.
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#7
Cheeseball
shown that 512 GB can be filled up at higher resolutions
EXTREEEEEEEEEMEEEEEEEEEEEE, but yeah I know what ya mean't. ;)
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#8
department76
by: Jizzler
Very nice. Only thing I would have like is to have the DSUB dropped, allowing for more out-the-back venting.
i'd guess it's there for tv-out purposes, there are vga to component/svideo/composite adapters. that's still a pretty useful thing.
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#9
Dan2312
I think its totally pointless with the Ati 5*** knocking around the corner, i'd rather stick with my 4870 1Gb for the next 12 months rather than waste money on a card thats gonna give me an extra 5 - 10 fps when i can wait 6 months for Dx11 and a card that will give me an extra 15-20 fps with more MEMORY! lol
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#10
morphy
by: Dan2312
I think its totally pointless with the Ati 5*** knocking around the corner, i'd rather stick with my 4870 1Gb for the next 12 months rather than waste money on a card thats gonna give me an extra 5 - 10 fps when i can wait 6 months for Dx11 and a card that will give me an extra 15-20 fps with more MEMORY! lol
And how much longer after that before the Vapor-X version comes out? To me if I were to buy an ATi based card it'd have to be Vapor-X or something similar. I like ATi cards but it seems, compared to Nvidia, ATi seems to cheap out when it comes to the stock cooler plus they're overly loud.
I'd even sacrifice a few fps to have something like the Vapor-X.
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#11
ShadowFold
Oh how much I want to wait for the HD 5000's, DAMN YOU SAPPHIRE!
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#12
Scrizz
that's a mean looking card
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#14
PCpraiser100
Nice this will definitely set the line between the GTX 275 and this during game benchmarks.
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#15
Steevo
No one has run any competitive benchmarks on games that require this much vido memory. The only game that I know of that might need this mych is GTA4 at higher resolutions. And I haven't seen any real benchmarks on it, W1zz was thinking about doing it, but the install limit sucks.
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#16
ZoneDymo
Umm GTA4 has no install limit.
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#17
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Sexy as hell and get that core to 1000 and OMG its killer.
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#18
rozienzia
i thought with 2GB Vram, it will bost more than 20 performance in several games, maybe in GTA4!! haha, awesome, hope it will stand on low cost in my country,.
:)
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#19
DaveK
The 4870 and 4890 Vapor-X cards are beautiful, I like the cooling at the end that has Sapphire written on it and that it's separate from the main cooler. Hope to own a 1GB 4890 Vapor-X soon :)
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#20
Tatty_One
Senior Moderator
For anyone gaming in any game at 1920 res and below, I would find it very difficult to beleive they would ever use over 1GB including GTA4 but as I dont have the game, I obviously am not saying that out of personal experience :D I think I read somewhere a while ago that crysis at 19xx res on max everything used 720MB max.
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