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PowerColor AX4870 1GBD5 Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

  • 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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  • Aaron F.
  • 5/17/2013 12:02:38 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsHolds up well.

Pros: I put this card in a new build mid-2009. It was a good buy then, and it still holds up on current games. Never had a problem with it and now it's being passed down to my nephew's first PC.

Cons: Though it can still play most games at respectable levels, it by no means pushes the highest settings.

Other Thoughts: If I could find another one of these for a good price, I'd CrossFire the hell out of them.

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  • Haley M.
  • 11/11/2009 5:34:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat card!

Pros: excellent performance out of this card, i run any number of games with max settings and solid FPS.

Cons: it's pretty big, no big deal

Other Thoughts: AMD Phenom II x4 955 3.20 GHz, 4 GB ram, 850w azza psu

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  • Mark P.
  • 11/10/2009 10:06:54 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsTwo 3870's to two 4870's

Pros: We all know how we expect "explosive" results with our new upgrade, however reality always says hello instead.

BUT there is a definite difference immediately seen in Farcry 2. I could never play the game set on DX10 on my 3870's in crossfire. The two 4870's in crossfire handles DX10 a lot better. A little choppy at 8x AA, however 4x AA seems to be holding smooth.

GTAIV wasn't as impacted by the 4870's as I had hoped. Settings could only be set at 50 percent. I was shocked. However, the graphics at 50 percent are the competors 100 percent.

Crysis worked well maxed out. The final battle will be the true test. But I can see the settings will probably need to be turned down for that one.

Cons: No crossfire bridge. Fortunately my 3870's had them. Although I would like to have put a "fresh" crossfire bridge on my new cards.

Other Thoughts: Vista 64-bit. Quad core overclocked to 3.59ghz. Foxconn x-38 mb. 4 gigs ddr2 800.

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  • Ernie J.
  • 10/26/2009 6:12:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPretty Cool In Crossfire

Pros: Works Good In Crossfire With My Msi R4870,
Improved The Speed Of My Computer,Playing Games And Not Playing Games,Improved The Quality Of Graphics.
Playing FPS Games Now Is Even More Fun Cause I Could Shoot & Move Faster.

Cons: The Crossfire Cable Is Right Against The Copper Pipe,It's Probably Frying.But You Could Put It On The Other One If Your Just Using Two Cards.

Other Thoughts: Core i7 920
6gb
750 watt corsair
Auzentech Forte

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  • jahja a.
  • 10/24/2009 8:29:01 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest bang for the buck

Pros: Very fast very stable. Truly an under rated power house.

Cons: the main heatsink doesn't actually directly make contact with the ram. Instead they use what looks like 2 way thermal foam tape. An astonishingly bad mistake however easily fixable. Take a piece of tin foil and fold it into a peice about 3/8th of an inch wide by aprox 4 in long. trial and retry until you reach aprox height of ram chip which happens to be aprox thickness of gap between ram and heatsink. make sure to smooth and compress foil strip with ether a rolling pin or a spoon.
cut into square shapes aproximating size of ram chips then apply a tiny dab of arctic silver to the chip and place foil atop. Then apply tiny dab of arctic silver on top side and your all set. Then carefully attach heatsink making sure to minimize movement of foil. Once this is done this card OC's very well

Other Thoughts: Atempt at your own risk. and be sure to cut the squares slightly smaller than the ram chips just to minimize chance of electrical contact.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/24/2009 1:43:46 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGREAT CARD

Pros: Card runs a lot cooler and quieter than my 3870s did. Temps range from mid 40c idle to mid 60c under load. That's intense gaming for hours. Easily overclocks. Very well built, sturdy cards. Very fast 4879 cards with lots of torque. I have two in crossfire and I couldn't be happier.

Cons: Doesn't come with crossfire bridge other than that: none.

Other Thoughts: I can't fathom what some of these reveiwers are talking about when saying these cards are hot. My experience says just the opposite. Very nice cooling system.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/5/2009 2:50:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs2 x HD4870 in CrossFireX

Pros: These cards are a great buy. I have 2 of them in CrossFireX and my CPU is holding them back. Here are some of my 3DMark06 scores:

CPU @ 3.0GHz: ~15,500
CPU @ 3.6GHz: ~18,500
CPU @ 4.0GHz: ???

These cards are so powerful that the performance just keeps scaling. Reading about 4870s in CrossFireX, they just keep scaling even up to 4.0GHz and beyond. Awesome, crushing graphics power!

My Computer:
Intel E8400 @ 3.6GHz
Asus P5E Deluxe (2 x PCI-E 2.0 16x lanes for maximum video bandwidth)
8GB RAM 5-5-5-15 1.8v
850W PSU

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Due to the heat pipes sticking up past the PCB, one of my 2 CrossFire bridges is resting on one of the heatpipes, which gets pretty hot. Hope this doesn't cause any problems. No problems so far.

To get the most out of these cards (especially in CrossFireX) you're going to need a motherboard with 2 PCI-E 2.0 16x lanes and a fast CPU. Otherwise you're going to be handicapping these awesome cards and won't get the results that they are capable of delivering.

This is my first time using ATI video cards, and I have to say the driver suite is pretty nifty (Catalyst 9.9).

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  • Nathan S.
  • 9/27/2009 1:05:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Video Card

Pros: Upgrading from an HD2900 XT it was a big difference. Yes I know the new 5800 is coming out, but this is a current generation power house for a low end price.
It's about as loud as my 2900, and runs at least 2x the frame rate in DX10 games (like Farcry 2 dx10, 50fps with ultra settings at 1920x1200, compaired to 19fps on the 2900)

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: with the 5800 now out those wanting the first two in the door to dx11 might want to wait for those to drive price down.
But at around $130 price point, to get a 1gb card that smokes dx10 you can't beat it with a stick (beating things with a stick is a bad idea anyway)

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  • Travis I.
  • 9/26/2009 6:37:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsStellar Card

Pros: Price to performance ratio is incredible. Excellent heat sink design to allow even more room for overclocking. Stays cool and quality built.

Cons: I have absolutely no problems or gripes about this amazing card.

Other Thoughts: AMD names Powercolor as one of their better manufacturers so don't let the low price fool you into thinking you are giving up quality. I did a lot of research before buying and I decided 3 or 4 frames per second increase was not worth the xtra 50 dollars for the 4890. Plus you get a great free game with this and I'm geting great performance with all settings maxed out!

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  • Joseph A.
  • 9/25/2009 12:48:48 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Card

Pros: Great performance does everything I expected and stays cool. I dont get why some are complaing about the size you should know how big it is if you have done any research and know if it will fit or block anything before ordering. I thin most the heat issues are most likely from people who have bad air flow in there case and dont manage there cable as is the case with most my friends who complain about temps and are shocked how much cable management can effect temps when I clean it up for them.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Would of been nice if the included a cross fire bridge can't complain though as i knew going in that it wasn't included.

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