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

  • 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5
  • Core Clock 750 MHz
  • 1 x DVI
  • PCI Express 2.0 x16

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Sapphire brings the power of graphics ‘supercomputing’ to enthusiasts with their Vapor-X Radeon HD 4870 card. Built on Sapphire's original Vapor Chamber Technology, this card will bring the benefits of Vapor-X cooling - quieter and more efficient cooling - to a wider range of users. A new distinctive cooler design makes the Vapor-X Series stand out in looks as well as performance.

The Sapphire Vapor-X Radeon HD 4870 card has 1GB of high-performance GDDR5 memory, clocked at 900MHz (3.6Gbps effective) and the GPU core is clocked at 750MHz. Supporting AMD CrossFireX technology, two high-speed connectors on each card allow two or more cards to be used together for enhanced performance when installed in a CrossFireX compatible motherboard.

The Radeon HD 4870 incorporates the latest ATI Avivo HD Technology for enhanced Video display, and features a second generation built-in UVD (Unified Video decoder) for the hardware accelerated decoding of Blu-ray and HD DVD content for VC-1, H.264 and MPEG-2 codecs, considerably reducing CPU load. The card’s HDMI connector supports multi-channel audio formats (up to 7.1) and combines audio and video output on a single cable for direct connection to an HDMI ready display. Support for DirectX10.1 ensures the optimal performance and application compatibility with all DirectX10.1 applications and enables stunning 3D graphics and shading effects in the latest DirectX10.1 games.

  • newegg TeraScale Graphics Engine The new TeraScale engine combines over one teraFLOPs of graphics horse power, 800 stream processors and next generation GDDR5 memory, so you can enjoy the high resolutions and seamless frame rates previously only available with dual-card systems.
  • newegg Full Microsoft DirectX 10.1 Support The DirectX 10.1 GPU with full Shader Model 4.1 support delivers unparalleled levels of graphics realism and film-quality effects.
  • newegg Enhanced Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering Enhanced anti-aliasing (AA) and anisotropic filtering (AF) smooth jagged edges and create striking graphics with unparalleled realism so you can max out the settings of the most demanding next-generation games.
  • newegg PCI Express 2.0 Interface The PCI Express 2.0 x16 interface delivers an ultra-high data rate of up to 16 GB/s, and is backward compatible with PCI Express x16 (PCI-E 1.0), so you can upgrade the graphics of your existing system with the Sapphire Vapor-X Radeon HD 4870.
  • newegg ATI Avivo HD Integrated into ATI's next-generation ATI Radeon HD graphics processors, ATI Avivo HD is AMD's new reference for advanced HD image processing, delivering flawless smooth HD video playback with hardware-based Unified Video Decoding (UVD) capability. ATI Avivo HD also introduces a new era in PC to CE connectivity with built-in HDMI and 5.1 surround audio, which enables a truly easy, one-cable connection to your big-screen TV or home theatre receiver.
  • newegg ATI CrossFireX ATi CrossFireX is the ultimate multi-GPU performance gaming platform, enabling two or more discrete graphics processors to work together for boosted system performance and a breakthrough gaming experience.

Learn more about the Sapphire Tech Vapor-X

Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years
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  • Dale S.
  • 9/22/2011 2:12:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs5 bad cards in a row

Pros: none

Cons: I had to RMA this card 4 times, each card just a variant of issues from the others - none of them ever working normally. Finally just gave up on it after spending $60 in shipping. Fortunately they paid for the shipping on the last RMA, but I stopped wasting my time

Other Thoughts: The card is a lemon.

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  • Costa A.
  • 8/13/2011 1:53:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat card, wish I could find another for crossfire

Pros: Great performance for games like Mass Effect and other a/v tasks like encoding or playing movies. Still running strong after 2+ years. I love the ATI control panel and ability to use hot keys to swap to my HDMI out connector and larger screen (this machine doubles as my HTPC)

Cons: None really... just wish I could find a comparable 4870 to do crossfire with this one

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  • Morgan S.
  • 1/24/2011 8:19:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsHit and miss.

Pros: Looks great, has lots of power and can work well with the proper cooling.

Cons: Its big. The heat sinks are not properly placed and overheating is a major issue. I had to rma my first due to freezes and overheating, and the 2nd one I almost rma'd due to overheating issues, but took apart to realize the heat sink wasn't pressed to the GPU, duh! and It looked like the card had been sitting in the weather? So after taking apart, cleaning, and reapplying thermal compound it works. But this thing overheats no matter what. The Vapor-x fan assembly just doesn't work. Good Idea with Poor execution and even worse quality control.

Other Thoughts: I'm not Sure if I would buy a Sapphire product again, from what I have seen they have a LOT of room for improvement. I gave two stars cause it performs, just have to have really good cooling. Used this on an MSI 790fx-gd70 fyi

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  • Dale S.
  • 4/27/2010 1:11:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs2 bad cards in a row

Pros: None this time around.

Cons: Had to RMA my original card due to it killing the display for no reason. The card I received in return is even worse than the first one! I can't even load any game w/o the card bugging out and disabling the display. I have to force power pc off, then on to get display back. This card even crashed my display when I tried to access the task manager!

Other Thoughts: Extremely dissapointed with Sapphire atm. 1 bad card I thought, it happens. But 2 bad cards in a row? I had to put my old radeon 3870 512mb back in and it works w/o issues. That really is a shame. Started a 3rd service ticket, still waiting for response. Already spent $20 on shipping my first card back, so now do I have to spend another $20? I might as well of spent the extra money, and got a card that was worth buying. Waste of time and money.

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  • Dale S.
  • 4/6/2010 7:01:38 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsKills display under load

Pros: Looks good in case with the blue LED light. Good price. Sapphire products are innovative and attractive to me.

Cons: Anytime this card encounters a work load, it just kills the display, and I have to reboot to get display back. I have to run everything at low to medium settings to keep this from happening. Display drivers are always updated, and have latest bios for mobo. I can't play anything at higher res than 1280 x 1024 w/o having to worry about the display going blank.

Other Thoughts: Created a support ticket w/ Sapphire, and I had to reinstall numerous display drivers, and had to reinstall all of my names at their direction even though I knew it was a hardware problem. It took forever and didn't change anything. Finally was told to contact Althon Micro to RMA card. Had to email Althon 3-5 times before I got a response. Now I have to RMA card, seems like a waste of time and money. Hopefully when I get it back it will work like it's supposed to. I will update review accordingly.

system specs: msi P45 Neo3-FR , intel core 2 quad 9300, 6gb ddr2 800, antec 700w ps, Samsung 1tb hd, Sapphire vapor-x 4870 1gb.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/21/2010 10:14:02 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsoutstanding

Pros: Frame rate is outstanding, went from 10fps in Dalaran playing WoW to 35 fps. Huge difference in game play. I would recommend this board to anyone. Also for anybody running Linux, ATI has a one click driver for this board and it really rocks! Been using Nvidia for the last few years, this board has changed my attitude towards ATI For Sure!

Cons: Yeah it runs hot but according to speedfan I am just running 48C to 52C during intense game play. I can live with that

Other Thoughts: The board is outstanding and now with Linux drivers I am so glad I bought this board over the Nvidia I was looking at.

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  • James W.
  • 3/20/2010 7:14:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Cards

Pros: I loved the first card sooo much I had to get a second one. I have been using these cards for over eight months, without a hitch, I check ATI's website for the latest Windows 7 drivers and these cards run flawlessly I run these cards unlocked so I can run the fan @ 100% and no problems with fans, and I never see temps higher than 55 on the primary card and on maxed setting in Modern Warfare 2. I like these cards better than the 5870s. If you are looking at buying a card that performs. Vapor-X is great!!!

Cons: Not really any Cons, the fans are loud at 100% but I can't hear them with a headset on. And the second is cosmetic the second cards sapphire logo isn't as bright as the primary's logo. So no "real" cons.

Other Thoughts: If you have any apprehension as to whether or not to purchase this card. I say buy it you won't be disappointed.

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  • Mary A.
  • 3/19/2010 3:09:47 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: + Works. Runs cooler than the other models of the HD 4870 that I've read about on Newegg.
+ Allows me to run Empire Total War, too bad it doesn't change the fact that the game is terrible.

Cons: - It's ginormo-super-gargauntuan sized. I had to pull my mid size tower apart just to put it in, and mold the wires from my psu around it. I'm not joking, it is more than half the length of my case, and although it doesn't get as hot as the other ones, it still gets hot.

Other Thoughts: o Didn't have the impact on the system I thought it would, but I only upgraded from an HD 4670 (also Sapphire) 512mb DDR3 128-bit. Was hoping for more of an explosive difference.

*If you're willing to pay for a great value card, make sure you're willing to pay 6 bucks for an aftermarket, descent fan. If you have vents near the slot you're putting this card, measure the size, and get a fan that will fit. Rig it on to help with the ventilation. This card idles at 60 degrees celsius, don't let it potentially damage your system if you can help it. Don't be afraid to drill vents in the case to make a spot, just think ahead!

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/16/2010 1:43:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsGreat Card While It Worked

Pros: I bought the card that doesn't have the vapor-x cooling and boy what a card. Gameplay was fantastic. Almost all games would run on the highest settings with my Q6600.

Cons: Just like my last ATI card that I owned, the fan died on this one just after 6 months of use. When it does die the problems begin. First you have to contact Sapphire and explain your problem, which in turn they make you contact Althon Micro that you have to explain it all to again, and then you get to sit and wait for them to get back to you. What a joke!

Other Thoughts: I've had Nvidia cards since my first bad experience with ATI , but I decided to give ATI a second chance. I've come to realize that was a mistake. Nvidia cards aren't perfect, but at least EVGA takes care of you when you have a problem.

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  • Jeff M.
  • 3/11/2010 4:54:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA

Pros: I wish I could fill this out for you, but I can't atm.

Cons: I received the card DOA.

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