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XFX HD-487A-ZDDC Radeon HD 4870 XXX 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

  • Radeon HD 4870
  • 1GB GDDR5
  • PCI Express 2.0 x16
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  • Anonymous
  • 4/21/2009 4:34:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Card

Pros: Single card, plays every game out there on max settings with no lag or freezing.

This is one of the few cards to my knowledge that can push Empire Total War on max settings, max unit size on 1920x1080 resolution without a sweat.

More bang for the buck than the competing brand.

Cons: Reason an egg was deducted - Drivers

ATI graphics drivers are just inferior to the competition's on the ease of use level, took me several hours to get my screen color looking halfway decent... still not perfect.

Also, this card MUST be flashed, just register it with XFX and they will automatically display the drivers that fit it... not sure why anyone would call up a person on the phone to do it with that feature available.

If you do not flash this card you will have incessant screen flickering

Other Thoughts: I am very happy to move back to ATI after having the "other" brand's cards... My last card from the competition cost a good bit more than this card and performance was not even close.

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  • Kenneth M.
  • 4/12/2009 4:04:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Very very fast card - runs cool and fairly quiet.

Cons: Flickering/jumping issue. BIOS update fixed it - flashed with no problems ... (WinXP32)

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  • Danny A.
  • 4/12/2009 7:03:56 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: I score 16,000 with 3dmark06. I only had a 13,800 with two 8800gt's in sli. This thing is fast plays most games at full settings 1680x1050. I'm impressed!

Cons: Costly, If the price came down I'd buy another.

Other Thoughts: Havent tried overclocking yet. Since its already factory OC.....

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  • Raymund S.
  • 4/6/2009 1:44:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNo Doubts!!

Pros: Very fast card and good warranty as well. Im buying another one to make it crossfire. Just make sure you flash it with the latest bios and the flickering will go away.

Cons: Nothing that i know of.

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  • Jovan P.
  • 4/6/2009 2:39:47 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome!

Pros: This card is awesome. Definitely a step up from my old 8800 GTS (and a huge one at that!). Mirror's edge looks so wonderful thanks to this card with all settings at maximum. I've had my eye on this card for well over a month and finally took the next step and purchased it. If you're worried about the tearing that was reported by some of the other owners, don't!, the moment you go to the xfx website to register for your warranty, they point you to the bios update which was small, quick and painless to update (from within windows).

Cons: Wish I didn't make the mistake by buying this one instead of the non xxx version. They're the exact same thing! The only difference is you'd have to bump up the speeds in the catalyst control center (which is very simple to do).

Other Thoughts: Be sure to bump up your fan speeds in catalyst control center. The default speeds are too low and because of that the temps are at a high 75 degrees. Just manually change them and you should be fine. I have mine set at a mere 35%. Anything above 60% sounds like a vacuum, lol.

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  • Jeremy T.
  • 3/24/2009 10:39:06 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsXFX Tech Support is Terrible... Part 3

Pros: I finally got my card and it runs at the specs advertised...
When this card works it burns through any game you throw at it, so I bumped my final review up to three eggs.

Cons: As you can see in previous reviews XFX tech support is slow and dishonest. After waiting nearly a month I finally got my card. I was told numerous times over the phone they were sending my card that day only to find out it wasnt shipping.
In reality they were waiting on a refurbished card when they could have sent a new card which they had in stock.

Other Thoughts: Maybe I was just unlucky and caught a XFX tech on a bad day, and he gave me the wrong BIOS update, which bricked my card. This card seems excellent now that its updated and in my hands. If I would have recieved this card and no problems occurred I would have given this 5 eggs, becasue it is a 5 egg gfx card, XFX just needs to work on their tech support.

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  • Robert E.
  • 3/24/2009 9:46:37 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsregarding screen flickering

Pros: after flashing the BIOS this card is tearing it up.

Cons: card shipping with a BIOS known to have screen flickering issues.

Other Thoughts: while indeed it is a pain to have to flash a retail card out of the box to address a problem the card shipped with once out of the woods you won't regret the purchase.

if for any reason you cannot flash the card with the BIOS files available within XFX's website join the hard forum (if you are not already a member) and seek out XFXSupport. through him i obtained precisely what i asked for to resolve the screen flickering. Mark is a great rep for XFX.

as for temps i set my fan speed with Riva Tuner at 40% when i am not gaming and 60% when i am. keeps things in check but definitely increases the noise. if it is unbearable i'd suggest the Thermalright T-Rad2.

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  • Liticia M.
  • 3/24/2009 12:08:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest Card To Buy, My Opinion

Pros: My current build:
ASUS M3A32-MVP 790FX CROSSFIRE (MOTHERBOARD)
RAIDMAX SAGITTA II /BLUE /WINDOW (CASE)
6G DDR2 PC6400 MEMORY (MEMORY)
MD PHENOM QC 9500 AM2 2.2G 4MB OEM(CPU)
ATI Cataylist 9.3 (VIDEOCARDDRIVER)

The price of this card is unbeatable, especially if you need that 1gb of video ram for high resolutions on max settings.
The 1gb GDDR5 memory is super fast, and im pretty sure the PS3 has it too!

The best thing about this card is it comes factory overclocked , so you wont have to fight with ATI Catalyist problems.
Windows Vista Aero assessment scored 5.9
My processor was 5.8
My hard drive was 5.6

Now, Test Run Time:
Results PASS everything.
All high end games run smooth on MAX settings and MAX resolutions, and that is enough for me.
That is just one card by itself not crossfire.
Games I tested include Crysis, Farcry2, Halflife2 ep2, Prince of Persia, and others.
It comes in a cool box an

Cons: There are not that many Cons and All Cons have solutions.

First, the card runs hot when using Vista Aero, about 80c, but you can use ATI Catalyist to adjust the fan speed and get the temp to 38c.
Second there is a screen flicker problem that you can read about online, to quick fix it you need to turn clock speed in ATI cataylist to 900mhz.
Thats all the Cons. I wish I could think of more but for this price it wouldnt matter. Look at other reviews if you are a power user and dont want any flaws in a video card.

When I first got into computers, the best video cards ran 600, to 1000 dollars!!!!
Right now is the best time to buy a card because of the price wars with Nvidia and ATI.

This isnt really a con but now that i have this video card, I cant tell the difference anymore between my "Playstation3"
graphics and my computer graphics. Unless you have an HDTV and run your PS3 at 1080p. With the exception of course of "MGS4" which cant be beat. All hail Konami ha ha

Other Thoughts: After joining the high end gaming world i will now need to purchase a new cpu fan like the thermalake spinQ.

Some people might not now this but just upgrading a video card isnt enough for high end games. These games really heat up your processor.

This is a big video card but has no problem fitting into my big Raidmax Sagitta 2 case with room to spare.
You will also need two free back panels, one for DVI hookup and one for the fans exhaust port.

If you have trouble with your games on max settings and resolutions then you might need to upgrade your cpu or ram. Just check out my build. The motherboard alone is great for long term upgrades, And has heat pipes installed.
My Case has a lot of expansion capability.
My cpu is quad core and is a multitasking wizard that has no problem with running games.

So if your like me and just want a powerful card that works and plays everything cons aside, then this is what I recommed.

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  • Eric J.
  • 3/20/2009 5:36:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggsTry again, XFX.

Pros: Good price and comes from a vendor with a solid reputation. It easily fit in my Zalman GS1000 case on a Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P.

Cons: [No overclocking performed] After booting it up after work on the fifth day after install it displayed a horrific amount of pixel artifacts. I applied the BIOS update provided by XFX, but that didn't help. Downclocking the card didn't help, either. I returned it to the store and replaced it with a Diamond 4870HD 1GB.

Other Thoughts: XFX has been known for solid nVidia cards for a while (I've owned a few), but I feel that they just missed the mark on this ATI card. I'm not soured on XFX, but I'll wait a while before buying another ATI card from them.

Current build:
Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P
Intel E8500 Wolfdale (E0 stepping)
Zalman CNPS8700NT
Corsair Ballistix DDR2-800 - 2GB
Corsair CMPSU-620HX Modular

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  • Shaun C.
  • 3/16/2009 11:52:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat price not so solid clocks

Pros: A high end card at a great price. Solid performance in source based games.

Cons: Hot. Out of the box with latest ATI drivers, card had a periodic screen flicker in windows Vista and XP. To fix the problem the card had to be down-clocked. Not what I was hoping to do with my new card.

Other Thoughts: Trying to RMA this but cannot seem to get one to submit. :(

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