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MSI R4870-MD1G 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): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Jon R.
  • 1/6/2011 12:26:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsCan't handle the heat

Pros: The card handled everything I wanted to throw at it, which really only came down to Mass Effect 2 and WOW. It runs quiet and, RELATIVELY, cool.

Cons: The card may run cool, but ever since I started playing ME2 the driver would exhibit artifacts and then crash shortly into the play session. Sometimes the PC would hard freeze, but generally not. Until recently, subsequent play would then be problem free for hours.

Other Thoughts: Driver upgrades have never had any effect on the crashing phenomenon. Heat never goes above 70C, but once you get over 65C it's anyone's guess as to when that initial crash will occur.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued MSI Customer,

We would like to apologize for the issue you have experienced with this particular VGA. Please email me directly via usersupport2@msicomputer.com your VGA's serial number and your complete contact information, subject heading "EAHR4870". I would like to help you get this resolved.

Best Regards,
User Support
MSI Product Support

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  • Jason D.
  • 9/8/2009 6:34:40 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat card

Pros: Runs cooler than my old 4850 (not so much after replacing the 4850's cruddy stock cooler), runs everything I throw at it at max everything.

Cons: Had to get a new power supply!

Other Thoughts: It does come with a crossfire bridge, it's just kinda hidden under some cardboard.

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  • Daniel B.
  • 8/31/2009 1:26:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsJust what you'd expect

Pros: The card runs quiet and fast at stock settings. Fairly big, but you expect that - and the fan/heatsink legitimately take up that much room, instead of some that have a giant box. There was no problem with space in my case or on my motherboard, even room between them for air circulation. I haven't had heat issues despite 4+ hours under load.

Cons: Would definitely prefer DVI x2 instead of DVI/D-Sub. My first ATI product in 5 years or so - Catalyst is still not at the level it should be. ATI needs to provide better support from that end, but MSI made a solid card here.

Other Thoughts: I got this for two reasons which I can't fully review yet - HDMI and crossfire. Both are waiting on other components. Power of 2x6-pin PCI-E is a lot - even a good 1-year old PSU can't support crossfire. I'll review again once I get those things working. And like I mentioned above, heat hasn't been an issue at stock. If that's a problem, improve your case ventilation.

Fits well in my build:
CoolerMaster CM690 chassis
Gigabyte UD5P MB
Phenom II x4 905e
8gb G.SKILL DDR3 (1333)

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  • Aleksandr R.
  • 8/29/2009 3:10:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsFast but Hot

Pros: Very fast (noticeably faster in Left 4 Dead 1920x1200, 4xAA than my 9800GT), very quiet.
When the card overheats it just restarts the GPU instead of hanging the whole computer.. Really nice!

Cons: Overheats even in Civilization 4

Other Thoughts: I'll try to set the fan to 100% but the default settings definitely do not work.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/2/2009 8:02:26 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFast

Pros: A very nice card ... and the NewEgg price was less than 1/2 the best price I could get locally. Make sure you have the dual 6 pin 12v connectors in place or the machine will not be able to boot past the "video" stage.

Cons: Trying to tweak the D.O.T. seemed to make the screen clicker ... may require a driver update .. most likely my bad.

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4 out of 5 eggsBetter than I expected.

Pros: Fast. I have the MSI 4850 512M on my box and put this 1G 4870 in a friends new box... Huge difference. We both have 1920x1080 monitors and play everything at max everything... His '70 is noticeably smoother than my '50 but mine is very nice as it is. Plus even gaming, the card is quiet, even quieter than my older '50 version MSI with the big cooler on it. Not too hot compared to other 4870s and very quiet.

Cons: Bit Flimsy. I actually zip-tied the power (uses two 6-pin PCI-E power connectors) up actually to help hold the card level as it sagged down. Not a performance issue per-say, but I like a case to look as good as it run.

Other Thoughts: I'm actually considering trading up myself here soon. Right now the price is right also...

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  • Robert W.
  • 7/7/2009 9:01:02 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggsno good

Pros: pic look ok

Cons: see below

Other Thoughts: I bought 5 cards from MSI, 3 different models for three system builds. One card of each model failed and had to be sent in for an RMA. A R4870 OC model that was sent in was replaced with a standard model. Even after sending them copies of the invoice and UPC code their RMA staff insulted me rather than admitting they made a mistake. The RMA process took 4 weeks on all cards, this is a lot of down time. The RMA process is faulty. You would think that a manufacturer of this capacity would streamline their RMA process or even put out a better product. I understand that everything breaks but 3 out of 5 is bad odds. I will be using a new manufacturer for my next builds.

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  • Ruben C.
  • 7/6/2009 5:31:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsJUST PLAIN AWESOME

Pros: POW-er, Speed, POW-er, Silent and Deadly, POW-er! Oh did I mention: POW-er. The card ROX. This my first ATI card in quite some time. Catalyst is great, better than NVidia's software. Perfect for gaming and for HTPC. Also I don't get the the issues people are having with cooling. The card runs cool! You must invest in OVERALL cooling not just the cooling on the card. I have the Antec 900 with all the fans. Does sound like a Boeing 787 though.

Cons: NONE! Maybe to much POW-er? NAH! Gotta get a new motherboard if I want Crossfire.

Other Thoughts: I don't get the the issues people are having with cooling. The card runs cool! You must invest in OVERALL cooling not just the cooling on the card. I have the Antec 900 with all the fans. Does sound like a Boeing 787 though.

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  • Mark R.
  • 7/4/2009 8:16:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMSI is the best

Pros: This card is the best out of 4870. Low price, has HDMI out, fan is silent @ 55%. You can hear it at 100%, but not when blasting games.

Cons: No crossfire bridge.

Other Thoughts: Since this card is so sweet, Im getting another one to crossfire, but I have to order a bridge, because It doesn't come with one, even though it says on the box that it does.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/2/2009 9:27:10 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery warm.

Pros: Fast, I don't have a big monitor(I use 1440x900) so it runs pretty much every game with max settings.

Cons: I now use my case to keep food warm while I play video games.

Other Thoughts: Get a different 4870.

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