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Erik J.

Erik J.

Joined on 10/09/08

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SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4870 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100243-1GL
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4870 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100243-1GL

Pros: Runs my 24" monitor native at 1920x1200 max on all games in my system. HL2 @ 256 FPS on max through the stress test. Turn up your AA and watch the pretty colors. The card will not blink. There is really not much out there that this card cannot handle easily.

Cons: It does run hot at idle, but the problem is now solved courtesy of the catalyst control center 8.10 drivers and the new manual fan setting (they are just tweaking the XML file). There is very little to gripe about with this card other than the 30 seconds it takes to set your fan speed. See other:

Overall Review: Courtesy of CCC 8.10, you can manually set the fan speed and lock it in. Overheating issues (if they were even issues @60 deg C stock) are gone. At 35% fan speed you will run the card at 40 deg C even under heavy load and the fan is barely audible. The new CCC removes any issues in this department. If ATI is reading this, 8.11 should have the ability to modify the AUTO (temp vs. fan speed) setting rather than a flat % rate for all loads. Although 35% will keep it cool under heavy load for the most part. I have not overclocked yet (no need). System = Phenom 9950 125w 4 gb DDR2 1066 DFI Lanparty DK 790FX SB750

10/30/2008