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SAPPHIRE 100247L Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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Pros: This thing blows away any game I throw at it. Last night I had dual screen going, with Spore on it's highest settings on one and a Blu-ray movie on the other, and there wasn't any noticeable slowdown. I'm considering getting Crysis just to see what this card can do with it. I can't praise this thing enough in terms of raw power.

Cons: It runs a little hot - mine was around 67 idle. Turning the fan up to about 35% brings that way down without much noise, but to do that you have to find an xml and edit it by hand. It would have been nice if there was fan control built into the Catalyst Control Center program that comes with it.

Also had some crashing out of the box, but the newest driver on ATI's site fixed it right away, so serves me right for not immediately checking the drivers I guess.

Other Thoughts: I put together this system with the idea of eventually buying a second card for Crossfire, and after seeing what just one can do I'm even more excited than I was to begin with. Sorry GeForce, but I won't be back for a while.

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Display Name: Barrett H.

Date Joined: 08/30/08

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  • First Review: 09/21/08
  • Last Review: 09/21/08
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