- 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5
- PCI Express 2.0 x16
Almost Perfect 05/15/2009
This is the fastest card I have purchased. Just upgraded from an 4670 512 MB to this monster. The 4670 don't get me wrong is not an bad card at all with vertical resolutions ranging from 720-800 P, any thing above it will scream I need more than 128 bits memory controller. I tested out my new 4870 on an number of games that has come out recently. FC2, its playable with every thing maxed, just don't expect the smoothes gameplay all the time. FEAR 2 is butter smooth, I tried my best to make the game run under 60 FPS, not a chance. COD4/5 plays both smoothe with everything maxes, just in COD 5 you might not want to be around too many explosions, tends to slow down with 8 X AA. Crysis War Head, it plays smooth in the begining, but choppy in the snow levels and end. BIOShock and Mass Effect, perfectly smooth with everthing maxed out. GTA 4 it plays smooth with some stutter here in there. Saint Rows 2 it plays it in the Teens, no fault of the card, just an poorly ported game.
This card idle heat is perfectly fine as long the fan is set to 50-60 percent for the speed. Load temps and nosie can get out of hand. With the card fan being set to 65 percent it will keep the GPU generally under 75 C during load, anything less than that your talking about baking eggs on the front plate. Pushing the fan past 70-75 will keep the load temps on 70 C, but you can expect to hear something sound like those little remote control cards stuck against the walls with the tires turning. Overall not as cool running as they advertise, the box content seem to be missing items from the review copy. I wish I could do an half star off because this card is pretty good except for the cooling system, its either silent and hot, or loud and cool, pick your posion.
All in all and great card, not had this kind of power before. My Rig, Core 7 920 overclocked to 3.1 GHZ, 6 GIGS of OCZ 1600 DDR 3 Ram, Blu Ray and 22 X DVD drive. 800 watt Zalman Power supply, ATI 650 TV Turner,
Sound Blaster 4 Fatility Edition sound card. 560 5.1 logitech setup and a 25.5 inch Samsung TOC monitor.
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