12/12/2008 3:18:30 PM

Pros: ATI has really stepped up their game recently and the benchmarks on other well known sites PROVE it. I upgraded from an aging 8800gts and now play Crysis @1680x1050 (0AAx4AF) at a smooth 30fps even with the action on the screen. Where its competitor gets only 10% performance gain for +50% the cost at the same resolution. My mobo supports PCI-E 1.0 and I've not experienced any difference in performance compared to website tests using PCI-E 2.0 boards, both equal to about the same FPS which means the GPU doesnt need the extra bandwidth for a single card, only in a Multi-GPU config. The card is also NOT louder then my 8800 unless it goes to 100% which it only does when the PC first boots, otherwise I have no problems with it. +14480 3DMark06 (Trial Version) I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS CARD! Don't think that it is a budget card simply because of the price. Nvidia has been gouging us for too long! Why pay +50% more for 10% improvement? Do your research! The benchmarks prove it!

Cons: Some people have had problems with buggy drivers in some games (GTAIV). I have not had any problems so far, however I only primarily play WoW and Crysis. Your experience may be different depending on what you play. The card is fairly large, about 1" longer then my previous card, it fits in snugly in my mid-tower but may cause some issues with smaller cases.

Overall Review: ATI Radeon HD4870 1GB Intel Q6600 @ 3.02Ghz 3GB OCZ 800mhz Ram ABIT IP35-Pro Mobo X-Fi Fatality Sound Card

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