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Sapphire HD 4870 X2

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#1
Today AMD released their new HD 4870 X2 graphics cards. They are based on two RV770 GPUs on one PCB. With a total of 1600 shaders and 2 GB GDDR5 memory the card has excellent chances to achieve the goal "fastest graphics card in the world".

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this is what I expected. The card finally regains the crown for ATI at a reasonable price premium (about the same as 2 4870's). And im sure it wont stay at over 500 for long.

nice review as always wiz. :)
 

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Now there is no reason to buy a GTX280 unless it drops to $300. :p
 
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The 2gig is noticeably better than the 1gig. I'm glad they released a 2gig.
 

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Nice review!
 
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Thanks for pointing that out. I should go to bed now.... (night lol)
 
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is a true monster, very impressive results at high resolutions. I can't believe it, ati has made awesome work.

You need at minimum 24" lcd panel to use with.

THIS IS CROZZFAIAHHHHHH !!!:rockout::rockout:
 
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nice review and and a long one. looks to be a killer card but i won't be getting one i don't have a use for that much power
 

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Sweet card. Nice to see that it still has the windowed 3D problems :rolleyes: It will be an excellent buy when the price comes down.
 
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Awesome performing card. Finally ATI gets back on top. Hopefully the price will drop to 499 after launch as they said they wouldn't price a card over $500

Can't wait to get one.
 
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nice review and and a long one. looks to be a killer card but i won't be getting one i don't have a use for that much power
me too, i am running at 1280x1024 , LOL . Palit HD4850 non-reference 1GB(if there is any benefit ) will do !
 
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380W power draw at load? You could power a small village with that!:p
 

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That is a huge load but, I am, however glad to see the OCZ made it through testing!
 
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i wants one...bu im broke...
 
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#16
Not too impressive. Terrible overclocker, much like the single 4870/50 setups. Hot and power hungry. I figured as much when they announced the preliminary specs recently. This review just confirms it all with some charts.

Although, all this can be corrected by appropriate pricing I still wouldn't go for it, since AMD must have cut corners on the component and build quality front, what with all their financial troubles.
 
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They took the crown, but rather sloppily it would seem.......
 
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The 380W under peak load meens that i would need a new PSU if i wanna have this card.. i think my 750W will not be enough if my Q6600 is overclocked..
 

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Didn't AMD promise 2x the amount of Performance/Watt compared to the R680 ?

Bad. Didn't meet my expectations.
 

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its not worth it over the GTX280, the GTX280 is cheaper, is faster at times, slower at others, offers a total of 86% of the power, consumes less power and overall looks like a better card unless this thing comes down in price the GTX280 is a better buy. Now its Nvidia's turn for a trump card.
 
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Looks like I might be buying a GTX280 after all...this card is not as impressive as I've hoped!
 

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1024 x 768? Is this 1998?
If you spend $500 on a graphics card with a $100 monitor, you have bigger problems than framerate.
And why was there no 2560 x1600?

http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-4870-x2-review-crossfire/12
http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=14928&page=11
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/foru...deon-hd-4870-x2-2gb-video-card-review-17.html
dont look at 1024x768 if you dont like to see those results

no 2560x1600 because those huge displays are too expensive to buy, only 3 people each donated $10 so far ;)
 
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#25
Nice review w1zz! Though to be quite honest I expected it to perform slightly better than that! Seems it still draws a hell of a lot of power. Still glad I purchased my GTX 260. Maybe things will improve with a few driver updates...?