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SAPPHIRE 100243-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

  • 800 Stream Processors
  • 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5
  • PCI Express 2.0 x16
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Kenny L.
  • 11/24/2008 11:35:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Video Card

Pros: Upgraded from a Radeon X1600, and it is a huge difference. I was getting a nose bleed playing Call of Duty: World At War with the X1600. Now, graphics from Call of Duty: World At War improved greatly, and the game runs smoothly with this video card. I could clearly see the raindrops on the gun barrel. The video card is pretty fast. Got it at a good price + mail-in rebate.

Cons: The overall length of this video card is pretty long, and it's also heavy. It's not a big deal because the performance outweighs those issues.

Other Thoughts: I did not use the provided CD containing Catalyst 8.7 Software Suite. I downloaded and installed Catalyst 8.11 Software Suite from AMD/ATI. Running a 22" Viewsonic and a 19" Viewsonic at the same time.

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  • Robert P.
  • 11/23/2008 11:01:39 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing care for the price

Pros: this card screams with speed! through all the test i've done it's never dropped below 30 FPS.

Crysis at highest res, with everything on highest settings output to 2 clone monitors, 46" LCD TV and 22" LCD monitor. this was a monster test for my pc and the GPU, but it worked like a charm, the only problem was my TV had a small ripple line through it, but that is not my GPU's fault. and the FPS never went below 30

Far Cry 2 with all the same spec's in high, was seamless, as i said the line in my 46" TV at time with alot going on it was the only quirk.

For what you pay this thing has no equal, you just cant get a better GPU for the price this price.

also for u PCI-E 1.0 users out there, have no fear to need to upgrade your mobo, this thing will still scream, although u will never be able to us this things GDDR5's full bandwidth, you wont miss it for today's games. maybe a year from now i will miss that bandwith, but not even crysis can bring this thing to it's knees to beg fo

Cons: most people say the fan is too loud. I'm not a fan of this complaint simply because my young ears are not bothered by the fan. It's only loud at start up, but then it's no louder than a 10,000 RPM HDD under load. I have a huge full case with 2 very quiet (i hear my cpu fan over these things) 25cm fans in it and i even sleep with my pc on all night with all fans going and i've never been bothered by my GPU fan. even under load the fan is quiet. so please don't pass this card up because you think it sounds like a hair dryer.

Other Thoughts: I used to think that ATI's drivers we bad due to a GPU i used to own that would crash all the time due to the drivers, but all my fears have faded away. my 8800 crashed more than this thing has. ATI has come a long way, I'm now very happy i did not buy a 280 over this one. yes an 280 could have been a better GPU, look how close they are in benchmarks, plus the 280 does not have GDDR5 or 800 Stream Processing Units. yes the 280 had more transistors, but still for the price of the 280, save your money for a week and get a HD4870 x2 that uses the same drivers as this card.

To all serious gamers out there, you must get this card if want to save money and play games like crysis and FC2 and get all the eye candy.

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  • Stuart M.
  • 11/19/2008 5:16:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsMake sure to turn fan speed up

Pros: Great specs. Runs all my games beautifully.

Cons: By default the fan speed is set very low. You should enable custom options in the ATI control center and bring the fan speed up past 30% so that the temperature doesn't sit at 75 degrees plus!

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/19/2008 1:32:20 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Downloaded 8.11 from sapphire's website.
Installed and it runs beautifully.

Left4Dead, Fallout 3, Red Alert 3, everything i've thrown at it, works at max settings on 1650 x 1050. 8x AA 16x AF vsync triple buffered. I have yet to see it drop below 60fps.
I have yet to try Crysis and Far Cry 2 but I'm expecting similar results.

Ever since 8.10 you could control the fan manually. 30% is quiet and temperature is 51C idle and 67ish under stress. 35% is probably the best for most, and 40% for those who would trade noise for performance.

Yes, the card is huge, but it fits just fine in my micro atx. My hard drive did not get in the way either, as i just moved it down a slot. I do not see why so many people have problems getting this to fit in their cases.

Cons: Not much difference between 512mb and 1gb.
The temperature does give room for worry but it is most likely not an issue for most. I have almost no air flow or proper cooling.

Other Thoughts: There aren't any games at the moment that can really take advantage of 1gb. The benchmarks for 512mb and 1gb are almost identical. If you're wanting to save money, and still have top of the line stuff, get the 512mb 4870 which is about 230$ now.

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/18/2008 6:10:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat card but runs hot

Pros: I have been getting very good perfromance from this card. This is my first ATI card after a long string of NVidia cards and I have been very happy with it and its drivers. Has been rock solid in 64 bit Vista.

Cons: This has been said a lot before, but this card runs hot without some tweaking. It was running about 72c at idle which is way too hot. This is easily fixed using Riva tuner (I have it running in the backround and it will adjust the fan based on the temperature) but you shouldn't have to do stuff like that just to get it to run like it should.

Other Thoughts: I still like this card and would recommend it even with the above con.

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  • Eric N.
  • 11/16/2008 2:52:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood card, lousy rebate process

Pros: Best performing card for the money right now. Newegg service is always fast.

Cons: Be aware it is, like many higher end video cards, somewhat long in length ~ 10.5"

Other Thoughts: Sapphire has the most bureaucratic rebate process I have ever seen. Be ready for a test.

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  • John S.
  • 11/15/2008 5:38:06 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsVGA Bios

Pros: Lot of card for the money, Worked Great in dual link

Cons: Had to update driver to stop blue screen of death everytime i click on decktop, Installed in the morning water cooling & still warm dead by evening, working on 128 Kb bios flash to fix, May need a cheap Video card in the mean time.

Other Thoughts: Asus Rampage Extreme
Intel Q9550 2.83 Ghz
His 4870 1GB
30" samsung dual Link Monitor
4 Samsung 750 GB Harddrives Raid 5

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  • Brian C.
  • 11/11/2008 5:17:01 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Very nice card, handles everything very well at this point. Fan controll in ccc 8.10 is great.

Cons: 0

Other Thoughts: Large, heavy, and power hungry but that's to be expected.

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/7/2008 11:13:22 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDoes what I need it to

Pros: It runs every game I play on the highest settings with zero lag. The new software from ATI has some very simple and easy to use over clocking settings that will help with heat issues.

Cons: The card runs hot on factory settings, this is true. Once I downloaded the newest software for the card I was able to control the Video card fan speed, which is rather loud on higher settings. But the card run cool when the fan is at 50% speed, and the computer is only slightly louder then it was before the card. Although I do have 6 120mm fans in it, so my computer may have already run louder then most.

Other Thoughts: It runs Fallout 3 on max settings with no problem. I wanted a card that would be able to max settings all the games for the next year, and I think this card will do it. Basically, there's no game out that will push this card past its limits. Which is a real good feeling. Also I made sure to up my power supply from 500 watts to 700watts just to make sure it had all the power it needs, not sure if it was necessary but better safe the sorry.

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  • Catherine B.
  • 11/2/2008 2:40:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggspleasure to game with

Pros: Far more powerful than the ol' 8600 I was using. AMAZING hardware AA performance, especially this 1GB version. Crysis looks like a movie now. Really a pleasure to game with.

Cons: Drivers are not terribly impressive. Could be that, or my CPU/chipset (E6600 and nforce 570i respectively), but hasn't upped my FRAMERATE in Crysis. I CAN play it with way higher settings, though. Linux drivers in particular are not fun to work with.

Other Thoughts: Temp isn't too much of a problem once you use driver 8.10. 30% fanspeed keeps it reasonably cool at idle, and can be pushed up to 40% under full load w/o overclocking. This is still fairly quiet.

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