Diamond Radeon HD 4870 Pro Reviews
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"Power efficiency, price, and performance are all values that favor the HD 4870 over the competition."
"While the GTX 280 is an engineering marvel, and offers substantial performance, in almost every respect the HD 4870 comes out ahead. Just judging from a value perspective alone, there is no contest: the HD 4870 by offers more for your money than does the GTX 280.
Perhaps the earlier switch to 55nm paid off -- this time around, ATI just delivered a thunderous one-two punch combination with the HD 4850 and HD 4870 cards."
"If you are looking for a project, you could pick this card up, perform a volt mod to supply more power to the core and the memory to be able to overclock them higher and the scores should go up quite a bit during the higher resolutions. Or if you are looking for a great card that is going to help you get higher scores than you older card, I would recommend this card as well."
"If you are in the market for a new graphics card in the $300 range, the HD 4870 should be your weapon of choice. However, if you can settle with 16% lower performance (averaged over our testing), you may as well get the HD 4850 which runs quieter and offers more performance for your hard earned cash (performance per dollar). Even though you have to pay a premium for the extra performance, the AMD HD 4870 has the potential to revolutionize the $300 segment. It offers tons of performance to ensure all the latest games run silk smooth. If you plan on gaming on your big screen, the card is a good choice too. It supports a digital HDMI connection via the included adapter that also supports sound via HDMI. A novelty here is that 7.1 audio is supported as well, the previous HD 3xxx cards could only do 5.1 audio.
AMD has successfully introduced GDDR5 memory to the graphics market, which is a new generation of memory chips that is used on the HD 4870 for the first time. Compared to previous generations of GDDR memory this new architecture offers twice the bandwidth at the same clock and bus width. This means that AMD achieves over 100 GB/s memory bandwidth with a 256-bit bus while NVIDIA has to go 512-bits for that. Together with the link training features of GDDR5 this enables a much simpler PCB design, resulting in additional cost savings."
"...good packaging, nice bundle, no cheesecake, and lots of support, provided you follow all their rules. The 4870 still deserves commendation: it's an impressive card at a very good price. But I can't wait to see some better cooling."